- By Margot Miller, tissue recipient and Donate Life Ambassador
It’s that time of year again, planning for the 2012 Dash for Donation on July 14! It’s nice to think about something warm in the midst of winter. This is my second year as part of the planning committee and I really enjoy being a part of such an inspiring event.
I am not a runner but I do like to cheer others on. I love the energy of the event. Seeing all the teams and their shirts, looking at the donor wall, and being a part of the enthusiasm for organ and tissue donation is something I like to share with my entire family.
Our family enjoys spending time together and being a part of the Dash is something that we can all do. Last spring two of my children and I worked at Lifeline of Ohio for an afternoon folding shirts and preparing race bags. The kids really enjoyed helping get ready for the event.
The day of the race my oldest son, Kyle, 15, ran with some of his friends. He has done a couple of races but never downtown and he loved last year’s course. My ten-year-old girls also walked the course with one of their good friends in honor of her brother, who passed away waiting to receive his second heart transplant.
My husband was our family photographer with our other kids in tow. As I helped where needed, he captured our kids’ smiles and excitement of the day. Since I’m a tissue recipient, our children have learned how important organ and tissue donation is and what an impact it can make on ones health. By having them involved and volunteering at a young age, I hope that they can help educate their peers on the importance of being a registered organ and tissue donor.
Being a part of a team organizing the Dash is something that allows me to give back to the community. I love being able to help Lifeline of Ohio. The message they spread is so important and I passionately believe in being an organ and tissue donor. This is just one more way that I can be involved and help spread the word.
Mark your calendar for the Dash for Donation on July 14, 2012. See you on race day!One Comment »