Spring to Action Green Ribbon Lobby Day: The Michigan Coalition On Donation and the Gift of Life Agency Cordially Invites One and All To Join Forces and Make a Difference Tuesday, April 24

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Gift of Life Agency and Michigan Coalition on Donation

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2000 the Gift of Life Agency
 reported that there were 776 families who consented to donation in Michigan.
 There were 196 organ donors and 670 tissue donors.  Each person who decides to
 become an organ donor has the potential of saving and enhancing up to 50 lives
 and taking up to eight people off the waiting list.  To make such an
 incredible difference in the lives of so many entails the important decision
 to become an organ donor and communicating your wishes with your family.
     Currently, the Michigan Department of Community Health is running a public
 service announcement (PSA) campaign that will appear on 350 radio stations
 throughout Michigan during April.  Since April is Michigan Donor Awareness
 Month, it's the perfect time for residents to initiate conversation and
 encourage loved ones to communicate their wishes, sign the back of their
 driver's license and add their name to the Michigan Donor Registry.
     "The Michigan Department of Community Health is dedicated to increasing
 public education about the critical need for organ and tissue donation," said
 James Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
 "These ads have resulted in an increased number of phone requests for donor
 registry brochures at the Gift of Life Agency.  We're proud to do our part in
 reversing this public health crisis."
     The second annual Green Ribbon Lobby Day is Tuesday, April 24 from 9 a.m.
 to 4 p.m. in Lansing.  A green ribbon is the national symbol for organ and
 tissue donor awareness.  Each year, the Gift of Life Agency and the Michigan
 Coalition on Donation host this event in both the House and Senate chambers.
 Green Ribbon Lobby Day allows the Gift of Life Agency, the state's organ and
 tissue recovery agency, to educate the public and provide accurate, critical
 numbers in regards to the status of organ and tissue donation in Michigan.
 The Michigan Coalition on Donation is comprised of more than 30 agencies
 dedicated to increasing awareness about organ, tissue, blood, bone marrow and
 eye donation in Michigan.  For information on attending this worthwhile event
 as a Michigan resident or as a media guest, please call Peggy Burkhard at
 248-366-6661.
     Director Haveman will be the esteemed luncheon guest speaker, addressing
 more than 150 organ recipients, transplant advocates, donor family members and
 many others dedicated to organ and tissue donor awareness.  Director Haveman
 will encourage volunteers to impact government policy to increase organ and
 tissue donation in Michigan and appeal to their respective legislators in
 Lansing.  The luncheon will take place at Karoub Associates, 121 West Allegan
 St., just east of Capitol St. in the Governor's Room at noon.
     Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month is one of many annual
 public education campaigns that provide the Gift of Life Agency the
 opportunity to educate the public and increase the number of lives that could
 be 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 800-482-4881.
 
 

SOURCE Gift of Life Agency and Michigan Coalition on Donation
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2000 the Gift of Life Agency
 reported that there were 776 families who consented to donation in Michigan.
 There were 196 organ donors and 670 tissue donors.  Each person who decides to
 become an organ donor has the potential of saving and enhancing up to 50 lives
 and taking up to eight people off the waiting list.  To make such an
 incredible difference in the lives of so many entails the important decision
 to become an organ donor and communicating your wishes with your family.
     Currently, the Michigan Department of Community Health is running a public
 service announcement (PSA) campaign that will appear on 350 radio stations
 throughout Michigan during April.  Since April is Michigan Donor Awareness
 Month, it's the perfect time for residents to initiate conversation and
 encourage loved ones to communicate their wishes, sign the back of their
 driver's license and add their name to the Michigan Donor Registry.
     "The Michigan Department of Community Health is dedicated to increasing
 public education about the critical need for organ and tissue donation," said
 James Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
 "These ads have resulted in an increased number of phone requests for donor
 registry brochures at the Gift of Life Agency.  We're proud to do our part in
 reversing this public health crisis."
     The second annual Green Ribbon Lobby Day is Tuesday, April 24 from 9 a.m.
 to 4 p.m. in Lansing.  A green ribbon is the national symbol for organ and
 tissue donor awareness.  Each year, the Gift of Life Agency and the Michigan
 Coalition on Donation host this event in both the House and Senate chambers.
 Green Ribbon Lobby Day allows the Gift of Life Agency, the state's organ and
 tissue recovery agency, to educate the public and provide accurate, critical
 numbers in regards to the status of organ and tissue donation in Michigan.
 The Michigan Coalition on Donation is comprised of more than 30 agencies
 dedicated to increasing awareness about organ, tissue, blood, bone marrow and
 eye donation in Michigan.  For information on attending this worthwhile event
 as a Michigan resident or as a media guest, please call Peggy Burkhard at
 248-366-6661.
     Director Haveman will be the esteemed luncheon guest speaker, addressing
 more than 150 organ recipients, transplant advocates, donor family members and
 many others dedicated to organ and tissue donor awareness.  Director Haveman
 will encourage volunteers to impact government policy to increase organ and
 tissue donation in Michigan and appeal to their respective legislators in
 Lansing.  The luncheon will take place at Karoub Associates, 121 West Allegan
 St., just east of Capitol St. in the Governor's Room at noon.
     Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month is one of many annual
 public education campaigns that provide the Gift of Life Agency the
 opportunity to educate the public and increase the number of lives that could
 be 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 800-482-4881.
 
 SOURCE  Gift of Life Agency and Michigan Coalition on Donation