POMEROY — “I didn’t know I had so many friends,” said Steve Van Meter about the overwhelming turnout of people at the recent open house to honor the transplant recipient.
The event was organized by Bette Hackett and Mary Gilmore, both of whom graduated with Van Meter in the Meigs High School Class of 1970.
“We had over 100 people in attendance, and Donate Life Ohio provided informational material along with some promotional items,” said Gilmore of the event.
“I love it when a community comes together to celebrate the positive in life,” said Gilmore.
Van Meter went on to say that he now has three important life event dates to remember: the day he graduated from Marine training at Paris Island; the day he got his new lungs and new lease on life; and the day his friends came together to celebrate his new life.
“It was an emotional and thrilling day for Steve and those of us who love him,” said Gilmore.