Chelsea’s plight shines spotlight on organ donation

We were saddened to report the news of Chelsea Lingenfelter’s passing. The 21-year-old Wellsville resident, who was in desperate need of a liver transplant, died while under going the surgery that possibly would have brought about a better life.

The potential transplant liver was made available Sunday night, but it appears her weakened condition caused by her 12-month battle was too much to overcome.

According to social media reports, Chelsea passed away at 2:43 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18.

“Chelsea went to be with all the other angels in Jesus’s heaven,” read a Facebook post by Steve Logston, boyfriend of Chelsea’s mother, Joni Lingenfelter.

It’s a sad time throughout the village and surrounding area.

But we’d like to focus on what Chelsea did for all of us. This young lady brought a community of strangers together.

We all hoped for the best. Many prayed. People from all walks – not only in our communities but from across many miles – found a place for this young woman in their daily lives.

She seems to have inspired many to do good; to be part of a bond. There were fundraisers and community events. And many participants did so, not because they personally knew Chelsea, but because they were inspired by her story of hope.

It tells us that although we are individuals, each of us unique, we can bond together toward one common goal.

Chelsea may be gone from this earth, but her spirit will live on.

In fact, Wellsville Village Council was expected at its meeting last night to establish an “Organ Awareness Day” in Chelsea’s honor. The idea first was generated to raise awareness of Chelsea’s plight. Now it will serve as a message in her death.

It can be a lengthy wait for a transplant, and Chelsea’s death put a spotlight on that fact.

Perhaps her story will lead many to become donors. And perhaps, in turn, save a life.