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May. 18, 2013 @ 09:40 PM

Kidney recipient, donor urge all to consider donation

We want to encourage you to reflect on the drastic need for organ and tissue donors.

On April 7, we had the great honor of participating in and being recognized by an organization in Burlington, Ohio, called The Cause, which promotes resource awareness related to health issues. For this event the organization chose to focus on organ donation, which has impacted our family in a very dramatic way. After suffering kidney failure in fall 2001, Craig was told he would need a kidney transplant or remain on dialysis. After all testing was complete, his brother Robert was identified as a match and we were able to have the transplant surgery in the spring of 2002. Both of us are doing fine.

However, right now, only 55 percent of Ohioans have registered as donors. Because of the lack of donors, 18 men, women and children die each day in the U.S. because an organ transplant didn't come in time.

Unfortunately, myths and misconceptions prevent many people from registering. The most common fear is that medical professionals will not work hard to save the lives of registered organ and tissue donors. This is simply not true.

We urge you to learn the facts about donation for the more than 117,500 Americans, including 3,400 Ohioans, who are waiting for a second chance at life through transplantation. If you think about it, you probably know someone in Lawrence County or the Tri-State region who may be waiting or whose life has already been touched by organ donation.

We want to thank organizations like The Cause and encourage you to learn more about donation or to register as a donor, by visiting www.lifelineofohio.org or call 800-525-5667. Be a hero. Be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Robert Pleasant

Craig Pleasant

Ironton

Obama support doesn't make sense

I find it utterly amazing that any American citizen can continue to support this corrupt president and his criminal administration in light of all of the information available and all of the carnage that is being felt in this nation.

Is it blind loyalty or just blatant stupidity that explains how anybody could support Obama?

Jim Allen

Barboursville

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