April is National Donate Life Month

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Did you know that April is National Donate Life Month? According to the Michigan Secretary of State, there are 2,965 people in Michigan waiting for an organ transplant.

To help raise awareness of the importance of organ donation, the Michigan Legislature approved two measures that recently became law.

Public Act 54 of 2012 establishes a fundraising license plate recognizing anatomical donations. Funds raised from this plate will go to the Thomas Daley Gift of Life Fund, which was created through Public Act 55 of 2012. Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Arcadia Township, this new law (which was named after my colleague’s son Thomas Daley, who became an organ donor in January of 2011) creates the fund in the Michigan Department of State.

Signing up to be an organ donor in Michigan is simple. All you need to do is visit the Michigan Secretary of State website at: www.michigan.gov/sos and click the “organ donation” link. From there you can sign up to be on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. It’s that easy!

The gift of life is one of the greatest gifts you can make. Please consider registering as an organ donor today. It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.