2012-10-11 / Community

State’s organ registry grows, receives award

LANSING – Michigan has received a special national award for its dramatic growth in the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors who save and heal lives.

Donate Life America presented the “Greatest Improvement in Donor Designation Rate” award to Michigan at the Donate Life National State Team Leader Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Michigan, one of four states to receive the special award, had the second highest growth in donor designations in 2011 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 400,000 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2011, up from 320,000 the year before – a 25 percent increase.

“The response from Michigan residents willing to give the gift of life has been incredible,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. “I thank everyone who has taken a moment to join and all our employees who have made the new policy the success that it is,” she said. “Our work here isn’t done, however. I will continue working with Gift of Life Michigan, the Michigan Eye-Bank and our other partners to encourage more people to join.”

The donor designation rate is the percentage of people renewing a driver’s license or state ID who join the donor registry or who have already joined. In 2010, Michigan’s rate was 29.7 percent. In 2011, the rate jumped to 35.4 percent. So far in 2012, Michigan’s rate is estimated to be well more than 40 percent, and the state is on pace to have over halfa million new donor registrations.

To join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, anyone can sign up at any Secretary of State office or online at www.Michigan.gov/ sos. Customers also may call (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424).

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