Lauren Fitting from Lifeline of Ohio presented "Ohio's Legacy: 88 Stories of Compassion, Caring and Courage," a book chronicling lives touched by organ and tissue donation to the Barnesville BMV on Friday, April 24.

The book was presented to the BMV employees as a token of gratitude for their role on the "front lines" of donation, as BMV workers have the responsibility to ensure every Ohioan is asked: "Would you like to make an anatomical gift at the time of your death?"

The Ohio Donor Registry was established by the Ohio Legislature and became effective on July 1, 2002. Statewide registration shows that approximately 54 percent of all Ohioans renewing their driver's license or state identification card place their name in the Ohio Donor Registry.

The presentation coincides with National Donate Life Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation and the lives saved by donors. Thanks to the generosity of donors, in the United States, nearly 28,000 people received a second chance at life though transplantation in 2008. However, more than 101,000 nationwide are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. Because of this disparity, 18 men, women and children, die each day in the United States, because a transplant will not come in time.

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Lauren Fitting, left, from Lifeline of Ohio presented "Ohio's Legacy: 88 Stories of Compassion, Caring and Courage," a book chronicling lives touched by organ and tissue donation to the Barnesville BMV on Friday, April 24. Pictured with Fitting are Barnesville BMV employees (left to right) Lori Harr, Jeannie Hannahs and Robyn Castello.