Lima torch run promotes organ transplants


By David Trinko - dtrinko@civitasmedia.com



Greg Dawson, middle, a transplant receipient, hugs Charlie Knotts, right, the father of a donor, during Tuesday’s Torch Run for Life in downtown Lima. Elena Borger, left, holding the torch, talks about her experiences as a transplant recipient with Diane Knotts, the mother of donor Eric Knotts and Charlie Knotts’ wife.

Greg Dawson, middle, a transplant receipient, hugs Charlie Knotts, right, the father of a donor, during Tuesday’s Torch Run for Life in downtown Lima. Elena Borger, left, holding the torch, talks about her experiences as a transplant recipient with Diane Knotts, the mother of donor Eric Knotts and Charlie Knotts’ wife.


David Trinko | The Lima News

LIMA — A plastic torch made its way from Lima Memorial Health System to St. Rita’s Medical Center today, symbolizing all the lives changed by organ donation.

The local “Torch Run for Life” raises awareness for organ, eye and tissue donations. It also draws attention for the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America, scheduled fror June 10-15 in Cleveland.

Diane Knotts, the mother of Eric Knotts, talked about her son’s donation of his organs following an April 2000 accident. She stays in touch with one donor, Robert.

“I get a mother’s day card from him every year, saying, ‘To Mom, from both of us,’” she said.

Greg Dawson, who received multiple organs from a 17-year-old girl, dedicated his portion of carrying the torch to his donor.

Read more about this story in Wednesday’s The Lima News.

Greg Dawson, middle, a transplant receipient, hugs Charlie Knotts, right, the father of a donor, during Tuesday’s Torch Run for Life in downtown Lima. Elena Borger, left, holding the torch, talks about her experiences as a transplant recipient with Diane Knotts, the mother of donor Eric Knotts and Charlie Knotts’ wife.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/02/web1_TorchRun-1.jpgGreg Dawson, middle, a transplant receipient, hugs Charlie Knotts, right, the father of a donor, during Tuesday’s Torch Run for Life in downtown Lima. Elena Borger, left, holding the torch, talks about her experiences as a transplant recipient with Diane Knotts, the mother of donor Eric Knotts and Charlie Knotts’ wife. David Trinko | The Lima News

By David Trinko

dtrinko@civitasmedia.com

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

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