April is Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month, Announces Gift of Life Agency

Spring to action and potentially save lives by signing

the Michigan Donor Registry



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Gift of Life Agency

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan residents have the
 ability to save lives this year and every year by understanding the importance
 of becoming a registered organ and tissue donor.  The Gift of Life Agency asks
 residents to take a few moments this month to learn more about organ and
 tissue donation and to add their names to the Michigan Donor Registry.
     The Michigan Donor Registry, endorsed by Secretary of State, is a
 confidential, 24 hour a day, computerized database that documents an
 individual's wish to become an organ and tissue donor.  This donor registry
 information is available at the time of death and will assist family members
 when asked about organ and tissue donation.
     The Gift of Life Agency and the Secretary of State have developed numerous
 initiatives taking place throughout April, Michigan Donor Awareness Month.
 These awareness opportunities will promote the Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor
 Registry.  Beginning April 1, more than 175 Michigan movie theaters will show
 public service announcement previews, encouraging residents to sign the
 Registry.  The Michigan Department of Community Health will run statewide
 radio advertisements promoting organ donation.  Buddy Day, which is Monday,
 April 9, will take place at every Secretary of State branch office statewide
 and Green Ribbon Lobby Day in Lansing, sponsored in collaboration with The
 Michigan Coalition on Donation, is Tuesday, April 24.
     "Through the diligent efforts of the Michigan Secretary of State's office
 and the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Donor Registry
 now includes nearly 300,000 names," said Thomas M. Beyersdorf, Executive
 Director of the Gift of Life Agency in Ann Arbor.  "Still, this is barely
 three percent of our state's population.  You can see that we have a lot of
 work to do to match the 35-40% registry rates of our neighboring states.
 Michigan Donor Awareness Month is one way to promote the Michigan Donor
 Registry."
     Currently Michigan has 2,500 residents waiting for a lifesaving organ
 transplant.  Sadly, only about 500 organs are available each year from cadaver
 donors.  This means years of waiting for most recipients and death for 180
 people each year who never get a second chance.
     Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month is one of many annual
 public education campaigns that provide the Gift of Life Agency, Michigan's
 organ and tissue recovery agency, the opportunity to educate the public and
 increase the number of lives saved through the Gift of Life.  For more
 information about organ and tissue donation or to obtain a Michigan Donor
 Registry card, contact the Gift of Life Agency at 1-800-482-4881.
 
 

SOURCE Gift of Life Agency
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan residents have the
 ability to save lives this year and every year by understanding the importance
 of becoming a registered organ and tissue donor.  The Gift of Life Agency asks
 residents to take a few moments this month to learn more about organ and
 tissue donation and to add their names to the Michigan Donor Registry.
     The Michigan Donor Registry, endorsed by Secretary of State, is a
 confidential, 24 hour a day, computerized database that documents an
 individual's wish to become an organ and tissue donor.  This donor registry
 information is available at the time of death and will assist family members
 when asked about organ and tissue donation.
     The Gift of Life Agency and the Secretary of State have developed numerous
 initiatives taking place throughout April, Michigan Donor Awareness Month.
 These awareness opportunities will promote the Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor
 Registry.  Beginning April 1, more than 175 Michigan movie theaters will show
 public service announcement previews, encouraging residents to sign the
 Registry.  The Michigan Department of Community Health will run statewide
 radio advertisements promoting organ donation.  Buddy Day, which is Monday,
 April 9, will take place at every Secretary of State branch office statewide
 and Green Ribbon Lobby Day in Lansing, sponsored in collaboration with The
 Michigan Coalition on Donation, is Tuesday, April 24.
     "Through the diligent efforts of the Michigan Secretary of State's office
 and the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Donor Registry
 now includes nearly 300,000 names," said Thomas M. Beyersdorf, Executive
 Director of the Gift of Life Agency in Ann Arbor.  "Still, this is barely
 three percent of our state's population.  You can see that we have a lot of
 work to do to match the 35-40% registry rates of our neighboring states.
 Michigan Donor Awareness Month is one way to promote the Michigan Donor
 Registry."
     Currently Michigan has 2,500 residents waiting for a lifesaving organ
 transplant.  Sadly, only about 500 organs are available each year from cadaver
 donors.  This means years of waiting for most recipients and death for 180
 people each year who never get a second chance.
     Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month is one of many annual
 public education campaigns that provide the Gift of Life Agency, Michigan's
 organ and tissue recovery agency, the opportunity to educate the public and
 increase the number of lives saved through the Gift of Life.  For more
 information about organ and tissue donation or to obtain a Michigan Donor
 Registry card, contact the Gift of Life Agency at 1-800-482-4881.
 
 SOURCE  Gift of Life Agency