Editor:

Did you know 85 percent of your fellow Ohioans would want their organs, eyes and tissue donated to save and heal someone in need? Yet only 59 percent of Ohioans are registered donors. Why is there such a gap? How can you help close it?

This April, during national Donate Life Month, Lifeline of Ohio is highlighting the impact that gap has on our neighbors, igniting conversations about donation.

Marshall, from Columbus, has waited 1,200 days three years for the gift of a new kidney. While he waits, he goes to a dialysis clinic three days a week, for five hours at a time. He's said dialysis is no walk in the park, but he is thankful it sustains him. Marshall knows his future lies in the hands of a stranger saying yes to donation. Every single day 22 men, women and children in the United States die for lack of an available organ.

When you join the Ohio Donor Registry, you provide hope to the more than 118,000 Americans, just like Marshall, who are waiting for a second chance at life. One organ donor has the potential to save eight lives and one tissue donor may enhance more than 50 lives. There is no cost to donate, you are never too old, and your medical care will never be compromised because of your status as a donor.

Sign up today at your local BMV, go online to www.lifelineofohio.org, or call 800-525-5667 with questions.