Harvey’s Lifeline, a special event celebrating the life and legacy of longtime LCO volunteer Harvey J. Steele, was held in January at WTOL. During that event, a message from Harvey’s daughter/LCO’s Director of Community Services, Kara Steele, was simulcast on WTOL, FOX, NBC, WBGU, 99.9, 105.5, 93.5, 98.3, 94.5, 106.5, 100.7, 1370, 1230, 92.5, 101.5, 103.7, 104.7, 94.9, 107.7, 95.7, 97.3 and The Blade. Here is that message:
‘Twenty years ago, doctors said Harvey J. Steele had one week to live. His death sentence was a result of end-stage liver disease, and his only hope for survival was a liver transplant. On November 5, 1997, Harvey got a phone call that would change his life forever. He was going to receive the liver transplant that he so desperately needed.
A few weeks after his surgery, Harvey returned home and started making the most of his second chance at life. He immediately began volunteering for Life Connection of Ohio. He used his platform as a radio personality to spread the word about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. No matter how busy he was, he always made time to emcee donor recognition ceremonies, broadcast from awareness events, share his story through media interviews, and the list goes on and on. He never said “no” to those opportunities because he was so thankful someone said “yes” and saved his life.
Even though he had a self-proclaimed “face for radio”, Harvey was happy to be a poster boy and showcase the power of organ donation.
Sadly, we lost Harvey two weeks ago today. He did a lot of good in his 60 years of life, but the legacy he left from the last 20 years – all made possible because of organ donation – is unmatched. He made his mark in our community, and he created a life-saving ripple effect that knows no end. Now, it’s our turn to continue his work. If Harvey was here right now, he would ask everyone to say “yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation. I would know because Harvey is my dad. Every day for the past 20 years, my dad and I have thought of Elmer, a 60-year-old high school electronics teacher from southern Ohio, and his family. It was Elmer who said “yes” to saving lives, and his liver allowed me to have my dad around for a very long time. For that, I am forever grateful.
To register as a donor or to learn more, please call Harvey’s Lifeline now at 419.725.1600.’