Mike Craig's organs could not be donated in 2003, but his tissue could. That revelation opened doors Craig's widow, Gail, never could have imagined.
Mike Vyrostek is already indebted to a good friend for rescuing his doomed football career and introducing him to his future wife. Now he can thank Chris Craig for a trip to the Rose Bowl, too. Vyrostek, 25, of Pataskala, will participate in the nationally televised Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day, riding on the Donate Life float with 23 other transplant recipients.
The holidays are a time of giving and joy, so why not sign up to donate one of the greatest gifts of all -- your organs. This seemingly gruesome topic may be worth a few minutes of conversation this year. Sit down with your family to discuss the benefits and satisfaction of giving the gift of life. Of course, this is your decision, but I encourage everyone to strongly consider being an organ donor.
Rachel Doseck lives united by volunteering for Life Connection of Ohio and spreading the word about organ donation. Volunteer Connection is pleased to name Rachel as Community Volunteer of the Month for December.
The Peach Bowl, where Johnstown-Monroe's Big Red Band will perform on Dec. 31, isn't the only national bowl that will claim Johnstown's attention over the New Year's holiday. There'll be special interest locally in a float in the Rose Bowl parade that will honor the late Mike Craig.