Teacher to honor Craig in Rose Parade Floral portrait bears face of Johnstown man who became tissue donor

Licking Heights High School teacher and coach Mike Vyrostek will represent and honor the late Mike Craig of Johnstown when he rides on the Donate Life float Jan. 1 in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Vyrostek, known as "Mr. V," helped finish decorating a floral portrait of Mike Craig at Columbus' Lifeline of Ohio on Dec. 11, along with Craig's wife Gail and adult children Chris and Molly Craig.

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Organ donation is truly giving the ‘gift of life’

The season of giving is upon us. As we enjoy shopping for the perfect gifts to give, we should consider those who are hoping for a gift they won’t find wrapped neatly as a holiday present — a second chance at life. Right now, more than 105,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Sadly, not enough people say “yes” to give the “Gift of Life” through organ and tissue donation.

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Woman gets second chance at life

NEWARK - Karen Cowger has many reasons to celebrate the holiday season this year and is looking forward to doing each one. This will be her first Christmas since having a lung transplant operation last January. "This is my second chance at life," the Newark resident said. "I am doing as much as I can in my church; doing stuff with my grandkids again that we weren't able to do before."

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Lifeline Of Ohio Honors Donor Families

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tuesday night at the Columbus Airport Mariott, Lifeline of Ohio honored pediatric organ and tissue donors who gave the “gift of life” in 2009. Each of the families that attended the ceremony received a replica of a dedicated rose that will ride on the Donate Life Roase Parade Float during the Tournament of Roses Parade on Friday in Pasadena.

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Marion man gets new liver, another holiday

There's power in the words painted on Jim and Ann Eckard's family room wall. They read, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Jim's moments are told by dates.

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