Donate to save a life

And get a free sticker too
Colleen Viger
Guest writer

When we look at a driver’s license we see such things as name, height, weight, and possibly a little red heart? That red heart symbol could be the symbol of life for some people.
The Gift of Life Michigan website has a lot of great information available regarding organ donation. It does not cost anything to donate and a person can even choose a specific organ they would like to donate.
At the beginning of March 2015 there are a total of 3,427 Michigan patients who are waiting for a transplant. The top three organs that are needed for transplantation are the kidney, liver and heart. One person could potentially save up to eight lives by becoming an organ donor and about fifty lives could be saved through tissue donation.
Anyone can be a donor! Did you know that there is also something called being a “living donor?” That’s right; a person can donate a kidney, part of their liver or a lobe of their lung while they are still living. Not everyone may be qualified for this but for most people that are eligible are able to live healthy and long lives after donation.
So how can you become a donor? It is an easy process! Just go to www.giftoflifemichigan.org, go to the bottom left side of the screen and click the link that says “become a donor” that is next to the little red heart. It will ask you if you have a driver’s license or state ID card and then all you have to provide is your identification number, name and date of birth. If you are unable to do this online, call the Gift of Life phone number at 1 (800) 482-4881; it only takes about 30 seconds. For further information visit www.giftoflifemichigan.org to possibly change someone’s life!

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