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University holds organ donation program

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (April 14, 2004) -- The Zanesville Campus Wellness Program will be sponsoring an informative program on organ, tissue and eye donation at noon on Tuesday, April 20, in the Elson Hall Auditorium. 2nd Chances, an event held in honor of National Organ Donation Month, struck a chord with Jeff Lloyd, a Zanesville campus employee.

Lloyd received a liver transplant in 2000 and became a volunteer for Lifeline of Ohio, a non-profit independent organ recovery agency, in 1998.

"Receiving a new liver gave me a new lease on life and allowed me to be in the life of my two grandchildren," said Lloyd. "I am grateful that there was someone out there who gave me the gift of life."

Through Lifeline, Lloyd became one of several presenters to the Ohio Congress on behalf of making signing a donor card a legally binding contract, preventing family members from denying the donation. Because of Lloyd's efforts, when a person is added to the Ohio Donor Registry, their wishes will be carried out.

2nd Chances will feature Lloyd explaining what is involved in organ and tissue donation. Other guest speakers will include kidney donor Pete McKown, the university's Data Systems Coordinator and OU-Zanesville student Michael Harper who received gallons of blood after a severe car accident.

At any given time over 2,500 Ohioans are waiting on an organ transplant. Yet only 48 percent of Ohioans want to be a donor. Every two days one Ohioan dies waiting for a life-saving organ donation that is not available.

The Zanesville Campus Wellness Program promotes physical and mental health for both Ohio University-Zanesville and Muskingum Tech, soon to be Zane State College, overseeing fitness and recreation at the Littick Hall Fitness center, organizing campus-wide intramural activities and providing periodic luncheons and speakers.

For more information contact Wellness Coordinator Kathy Normansell at (740) 588-1430 or at normanse@ohio.edu.

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