You can register as an organ donor in any of the following ways:
- Visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to obtain or renew your Ohio Drivers License or State I.D. card. When the BMV staff asks if you would like to be an organ and tissue donor, all you have to do is say “yes!
- Register your decision online at go.osu.edu/Buckeye4Life which directly links you to the BMV’s 24 hour online registry.
- Complete and return a Donor Registry Enrollment form located in the Ohio Donor Registry brochure available at all BMV agencies or from Lifeline of Ohio at lifelineofohio.org.
For additional information about organ donation and donor registry, contact Lifeline of Ohio at lifelineofohio.org or call
800-525-5667. Together, we can be “Buckeyes for LIFE!”
LIVING KIDNEY DONATION
The best option for a patient waiting for a kidney is to receive one from a living donor. You can choose to be a living kidney donor and donate one of your kidneys to someone in need while still living. For more information on living kidney donation, please contact at living donor nurse coordinator at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center at 614-293-6724 or
DONATE LIFE MONTH EVENTS
Pinwheel Garden for Organ Donation
Monday, April 14 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A pinwheel garden will spring up on the front plaza of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, serving as a colorful reminder of the importance of organ and tissue donation. Each of the 7,700 pinwheels planted represents an organ or tissue transplant performed at Ohio State since 1967. Organ donation and transplantation saves lives. Through our pinwheel garden, Ohio State honors those who have given the “gift of life” and those who have received a second chance at life through transplantation. You can also help us create more vibrant reminders of lives saved through transplantation by sponsoring a pinwheel in this year’s pinwheel garden and help fund innovative treatments and research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center.
Pinwheel Garden Commemoration
Tuesday, April 15 – 4 p.m.
Plaza area in front of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center
Join Drs. Steven Gabbe and Robert Higgins and special guests for a short program commemorating our pinwheel garden and honor those who have been touched by organ and tissue donation.
NBC4 Live Television Broadcast, “Organ Donation: Your Gift; Their Hope”
Thursday, April 17 – 7 p.m.
Hosted by news veteran, Gail Hogan this half-hour special will include interviews that educate and inspire with leaders from Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and personal stories from those who have been touched by organ donation and transplantation. During the show, NBC4 will hold a ‘Call 4’ phone bank and live web chat with a panel of experts from our Comprehensive Transplant Center and Lifeline of Ohio. To read more inspiring stories of organ donation and transplantation, visit go.osu.edu/NewBeginnings
Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center is central Ohio’s only adult transplant center and is a world leader in lifesaving care and transplant research. Since performing our first transplant in 1967, our team of experts continues to drive innovation through advanced research and excellent patient care.