Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
Working with Ohio educators and regional organ procurement organizations, the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund has developed a resource kit for teachers, “Together We Can Save Lives.” The kit, now available at DonateLifeOhio.org and the Donate Life Ohio Facebook page, offers content and activities across subjects designed to provide high school students with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.
“An Ohioan dies every other day when a lifesaving transplant doesn’t come in time,” said Dr. Theodore Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health. “Even with more than five million Ohioans registered as organ, eye and tissue donors, there are still more than 3,500 awaiting transplants. This resource kit will equip teens with the facts about donation, and help them understand the life-saving impact they may have as a registered donor. When asked, ‘Do you want to register as a donor?’ by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, teens and their families can make an informed decision.”
“Together We Can Save Lives” was designed keeping in mind the Ohio Academic Content Standards and National Health Education Standards, and desired student objectives for each standard are included. The resource kit provides:
This Educator Resource Kit is available to high schools statewide and was made possible by the Second Chance Trust Fund within the Ohio Department of Health. The Second Chance Trust Fund works to help solve the critical shortage of organ, eye and tissue donors through education and awareness. The Fund is supported by a voluntary $1 donation made when a person obtains or renews an Ohio driver’s license or state identification card from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
Educators may download a copy of the kit from the Donate Life Ohio Website (Educator Resource Kit: "Together We Can Save Lives"), or contact a local Donate Life Ohio representative to request a hard copy.
ABOUT DONATE LIFE OHIO
Donate Life Ohio is a coalition of the state’s organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for organ and tissue donation. In this effort to increase donor registrations, they are joined by the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program. For more information, please visit http://www.DonateLifeOhio.org.
ABOUT SECOND CHANCE TRUST FUND
Through contributions made by individuals at Ohio’s BMVs while receiving or renewing their Ohio driver’s licenses or state identification cards, the Second Chance Trust Fund finances educational and action-oriented campaigns like the Green Chair campaign. A $1 contribution supports donation education in Ohio and gives hope to thousands of Ohioans waiting for a second chance through organ, eye and tissue donation.
CONTACTS WITH OHIO ORGAN PROCUREMENT ORGANIZATIONS
LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, Cincinnati
Andi O’Malley, Director of Public Affairs
513.558.5555 office / 513.315.1785 cell
Lifebanc, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown
Heather Mekesa, Director of Hospital and Community Services
216.752.5433 office / 216.392.1098 cell
Lifeline of Ohio, Columbus
Marilyn Pongonis, Director of Communications
614.384.7330 office / 614.580.0393 cell
Life Connection of Ohio, Dayton
Cathi Arends, Director of Community Relations
937.223.8223 office / 937.657.5596 cell
Life Connection of Ohio, Toledo
Kara Steele, Director of Community Relations
419.893.1618 office / 419.367.9958 cell