Nineteen years ago, doctors gave Harvey Steele one week to live. End-stage liver disease transformed Harvey into a frail, jaundiced man who couldn’t even walk. Harvey, who received two life-saving liver transplants in November 1997, has been making the most of his second chance at life ever since.
In June, The United Network for Organ Sharing presented Steele with the 2016 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence in recognition of his untiring efforts as an advocate for organ and tissue donation. His daughter nominated him for the award.
Harvey has volunteered for Life Connection of Ohio, the non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates organ donation in northwest and west central
Ohio, since 1997, and his involvement has ranged from media interviews and hospital outreach to awareness events and speaking engagements.
Harvey co-hosts Cumulus Toledo’s K-100’s (WKKO-FM/99.9) Shores & Steele, and he uses that platform to spread the word about the importance of organ and tissue donation. He has donated countless hours of free publicity for the cause by sharing his story on air and via social media, broadcasting live from special events, emceeing ceremonies and recording monthly PSAs. He has spoken on behalf of Life Connection of Ohio at churches, high schools, sporting events, civic meetings, seminars, and the list goes on. Organ and tissue donation rates have steadily increased in northwest Ohio, due in large part to Harvey’s efforts.