On Friday, September 20, 2013, Gift of Life, Michigan Eye-Bank, and Covenant HealthCare will host the third annual Gift of Life flag raising ceremony at Covenant. The families and friends of organ and tissue donors will gather along side of organ/tissue recipients and hospital employees to remember those who gave of themselves to help another. The program will begin at 1:00pm in the Chapel of the Covenant Cooper campus (700 Cooper, Saginaw). Shortly following, the group will gather around the flagpole in the front of 700 Cooper to raise the Donate Life flag in honor of their loved ones.
The Michigan Organ Donor Registry is a database of residents who wish to be organ and tissue donors that is maintained by the Department of State. The registry is confidential and can only be accessed by Gift of Life Michigan to assist hospitals in the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissue. Those who are registered donors are denoted by a red heart logo on their license or state ID.
Gift of Life Michigan states nearly 10,000 Michigan patients have received a life-saving transplant in the last 10 years and on average 17 Michigan patients receive an organ transplant each week. However, as of July 1, 2013 there are more than 2,500 Michigan patients waiting for kidney transplants, 269 waiting for liver transplants, 89 waiting for a lung, and 85 waiting for a heart.
People can register to be a donor by visiting http://www.giftoflifemichigan.org/become_a_donor/
In addition to signing up online, people can add their name to the Organ Donor Registry when:
- Renewing or replacing a standard driver's license or state ID card online at ExpressSOS.com.
- Visiting a Secretary of State office and simply letting the clerk know that he/she would like to be added to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
- Renewing a state ID card by mail by checking the organ donor box, the person’s name will be placed on the donor registry.