2013-04-18 / Lifestyles

‘Donate Life’ month kicks off

LANSING – “Donate Life” month kicked off on April 9, by the Michigan Secretary of State office. Nearly one million Michiganians have signed up to become potential donors in the last two years, and the state now has over three million people on the Donor Registry.

“We’re here at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit because Wayne County is home to a third of the people in Michigan who are waiting for a transplant,” said SOS Ruth Johnson. “To put it in real numbers, 1,000 Wayne County residents are waiting for a lifesaving phone call right now. That phone call will only come if people are willing to be on the Organ Donor Registry.”

Johnson was joined by Rich Pietroski, CEO for Gift of Life Michigan; Dr. Reginald Eadie, president of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital; organ recipients; those who are waiting for an organ and family members whose loved ones donated organs to save the lives of strangers.

Eadie, the youngest-ever Detroit Medical Center hospital president who was also named one of the 25 most influential black physicians in Detroit in 2011, was honored with a Secretary of State “Shining Star” award for championing organ donation. He has worked extensively with everyone from local fraternities to the Gift of Life Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program and the Triumph Church to promote organ donation.

“Life is a precious gift,” Eadie said. “Too many people die each year waiting for organs that never come.”

Michigan currently has 3,100 people on the organ transplant waiting list. According to national statistics, 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant. However, one donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 50 people.

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