Organ Donor Awareness

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

"My husband had a history of giving. He was a police officer, an EMT, a paramedic."

So Barb Scott says it was only natural when her husband, 61-year-old Jim Scott, died two years ago he would donate his organs.

"He saw a lot of death and dying. And he knew that parts of us, once we die, can go on and help people that have disabilities or body parts that need replacing."

"I'm grateful everyday I wake up. Every morning I wake up I'm thrilled to death to be alive."

63-year-old Stan Moore received a kidney transplant seven years ago. Unlike most, who wait roughly five years for an organ, he only had to wait twelve months. That's because a friend decided to become a living donor.

"I'm just so thankful. I have the ability to help people now that are in the same position I was in before."

Over the next few days, the Office of the Secretary of State is promoting it's annual Organ Donor Awareness Campaign.

"There really is a great need for organ donors. Just here in Michigan alone there are more than 3,100 people awaiting life saving transplants," says Secretary of State Spokesman Ken Silfven.

Signing up to be an organ donor is relatively easy. You can either register at any Secretary of State Office or enroll online at www.michigan.gov\organdonation.

"When you do enroll you will get a heart logo sticker. And that's an immediate alert for emergency personnel when they see that they know it's your wish to be an organ donor," says Silfven.

It's a wish many, like Scott, are asking everyone to consider.

"I don't need any of my parts once I'm dead and gone, so it's better I pass them on."


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