Lakeland Celebrates Lives Saved Through Organ Donation
Currently, over 3,600 men, women, and children in Michigan, and 122,000 nationwide, are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. During National Donate Life Month (NDLM), Lakeland Health encourages community members to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and celebrates those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Did you know through organ donation, one person can save up to eight lives while a single tissue donor can help up to 50 additional people in need?
In fact, due to the generosity of 28 organ and tissue donors at Lakeland, a total of 21 lives have been saved over the past three years. In 2015, 17 organs were recovered at Lakeland facilities with 14 of those organs successfully transplanted. Throughout the United States it is estimated that nearly 30,000 patients were able to begin their journey to healing with tissue transplants in 2015.
People of all ages and medical histories can become donors. To learn more or to register, click here. You can also show your support for organ donation by purchasing a “Donate Life” Michigan license plate. Proceeds from the purchase of this plate help support organ donation awareness.