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.”