Allison Glass/News The Lifeline of Ohio Donate Life Flag was raised on the flag pole in front of City Hall on Public Square in Mount Vernon last night during August’s First Friday. From left, Rich Hardwick, Renee Kaylor, Brent Kaylor, City of Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis and Jaime Nesbit are pictured raising the flag. The flag honors those that have given through organ donation. Mavis is a living organ donor himself, after donating his kidney to his daughter, Julie, 31 years ago. The Kaylors, honored their daughter, Josie, whose tragic death five years ago has helped hundreds of people through organ, tissue and eye donation.

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The Lifeline of Ohio Donate Life Flag was raised on the flag pole in front of City Hall on Public Square in Mount Vernon last night during August’s First Friday. From left, Rich Hardwick, Renee Kaylor, Brent Kaylor, City of Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis and Jaime Nesbit are pictured raising the flag. The flag honors those that have given through organ donation. Mavis is a living organ donor himself, after donating his kidney to his daughter, Julie, 31 years ago. The Kaylors, honored their daughter, Josie, whose tragic death five years ago has helped hundreds of people through organ, tissue and eye donation. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — The usual festivities of Main Street Mount Vernon’s monthly First Friday events came to brief pause in front of City Hall last night, when Mayor Richard Mavis took the opportunity to honor those that have given through organ donation, by raising the Lifeline of Ohio Donate Life flag on the flag pole in front of City Hall.

Mavis is a living organ donor himself, after giving one of his kidneys to his youngest daughter, Julie, 31 years ago. She was born with a mild form of Spina Bifida, which is a congenital disorder of the nervous system. Mavis explained to the News that the condition affected Julie through her bladder and kidneys, necessitating a ureterostomy for many years before her kidney stopped functioning.

“The doctors told us all along that she would need a transplant. For my wife and I, it wasn’t a question, we knew we would try to donate,” Mavis said. “We always knew we were going to be one of the donors. It wasn’t even a question.”

 

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