ZANESVILLE, Ohio- A special walk took place today on Maple Avenue in Zanesville.
Community members came together for an Olympic-style “Torch Run for Life” walk. This event is a part of the Transplant Games of America. The goal is to raise awareness for organ donation. Mayor Jeff Tilton was in attendance and also declared April Donor Awareness Month. Organ recipient Adam Burkhart lead the walk and held the torch.
“Feels great,” said Burkhart. “Just being able to here thanks to my donor family. It’s wonderful.”
“This event really means a lot to Lifeline of Ohio,” said Lifeline of Ohio Chief Medical Executive Dorrie Dils. “And to those waiting for organs, eye, and tissue donations. It helps us bring awareness to the community for the need and celebrate lives of those who’s been saved or touched by donations.”
More than 60% of Muskingum County Residents are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors.
“The most important thing that people can do is sign up to be a donor,” said Dils.”It’s a simple act when you renew your driver’s licenses at the DMV or you can go to our website to make the decision to donate. And then share that decision with your family. So that they know should something happen to you that you wish to be a donor.”
For more information on how to become an organ donor, you can visit lifelineofohio.org.