Make a Gift in Memory of Harry Cleland

Former Columbus City Police Officer Lived Nearly 27 Years After Heart Transplant

Born on May 1st, 1946, Harry Cleland was born and raised in Racine, Ohio. He relocated to Columbus, Ohio where he resided for many years. Harry was an avid fisherman and loved serving the citizens of Columbus as a city police officer. However, at the young age of 42, Harry was forced to retire due to his inherited cardiomyopathy disease. As his heart weakened, he was placed on the transplant list at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Harry received his new heart on October 24, 1994, which he coined his "extra birthday". In 2015, after years of anti-rejection meds and other health issues, Harry had to go on dialysis. Prior to his passing on September 20, 2021, Harry was the longest living heart transplant recipient at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Harry was a fighter and advocated for his own health. Make a gift to this Buckeye Funder page to give others like Harry a second chance.

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