JACKSON COUNTY - The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas. CORE’s goal is to bridge the gap between donor families, health care providers and transplant recipients so that they may forever transform lives. 

The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving lives through organ, tissue and cornea transplantation. 

Lisa Johnson, Ripley Wendy’s Manager and citizen of Jackson County, endured the sudden loss of her daughter three years ago to a single car crash. After the event Mrs. Johnson learned of her daughters wishes to be an organ donor thus fueling Mrs. Johnson ongoing passion to bring awareness to a cause near to her daughters heart.  

Lisa Johnson, advocate for organ donations, commented, “Three years ago on the 16th of September I received a new title and that’s Donor Mom. My daughter Jasmine Nicole was 26 years old and living in Logan, WV. On the 14th of September at 6:30 p.m. she was in a single car accident and received severe head trauma where she was life flighted to Charleston General where she was in a coma for 43 hours until the last test was ran and she was declared legally brain dead.” 

Mrs. Johnson went on, “It’s at that time that I learned she had made the decision to become an organ donor. Through her passing she has given four individuals a new lease on life and two sight here in West Virginia. Through Jasmine’s total donation she has saved, enriched and enhanced total of 230 lives all together. She always took life at full force and was never afraid to face any challenges head on she loved to help anyone in need and little did she know how much help that she could be.”  

On September 15, 2015 the Ravenswood Wendy’s franchise hosted a flag raising ceremony in honor of WV Donate Life. The following are brief statistics on organ, eye and tissue donation: 

• Last year, more than 8,000 deceased donors made possible approximately 23, 000 organ transplants. In addition, there were nearly 6,000 transplants from living donors. 

• More than 48,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants were performed in the U.S. last year. 

• Each year, approximately 30,000 tissue donors save and heal lives. 

• The need for donated organs, corneas and tissue continues to grow. More than 120,000 men, women and children are currently awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Sadly, and average of 18 people die each day due to a lack of available organs

The following are facts about organ, eye and tissue donation:

• People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. 

• The medical condition of the body at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.  

• All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation as an unselfish act of charity.

• Donation should not delay or change unreal arrangement. An open casket funeral is possible. 

• There is no cost to the donors’ family of estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death ad costs associated with funeral arrangements. 

• In the United States, it is illegal to buy or sell organs or tissue for transplantation. 

• It is possible to donate life to others as a living kidney or partial liver, lung, intestine or pancreas donor. 

Visit www.donatelifewv.org for more information.