St. Mary’s of Michigan Raises Flag in Honor of Organ Donors & Their Families
Event: Seventh Annual Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony
Date: Thursday, June 12
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Main campus of St. Mary’s of Michigan, 800 S. Washington, Saginaw.
Details: The ceremony will begin in St. Mary’s of Michigan’s chapel before proceeding outside to raise the Donate Life flag in memory of the St. Mary’s of Michigan patients who have given the gift of life to others through their organ and tissue donations.
Sponsors: The flag raising ceremony is a combined effort among Gift of Life Michigan, Michigan Eye-Bank and St. Mary’s of Michigan to not only honor the memory of those who have donated but to also encourage others to sign-up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
There are currently more than 3,300 very sick Michigan residents waiting to receive life-saving organs such as hearts, livers, lungs and kidneys. Last year in Michigan, 915 organs were transplanted, and nearly 10,000 patients received a life-saving organ over the last 10 years.
Even though hundreds of lives were saved in result of these donations, it still was not enough to meet the growing need for organs and tissues in the state. Each organ donor can save up to eight lives. In fact, 18 people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant.
Out of the 10 million Michigan residents, about 3.3 million are currently registered donors. Starting in 2007, residents no longer just sign the back of their Michigan driver’s license to indicate their wish to be an organ and tissue donor. Instead, they must join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
After doing that, a red heart sticker from the Michigan Secretary of State goes on their driver’s license or state I.D., officially designating them as a donor. Those wishing to make a commitment to give the gift of life can register at giftoflifemichigan.org or at any Secretary of State office.
For more information or to become a part of the Donor Registry by phone, call 800-482-4881.