help spread the word about organ donation and to help people sign on to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. From Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9 you can visit participating CADL libraries* to learn more or to sign up with the Registry. It only takes a few minutes but the impact is enormous! Shout out to our neighbor, East Lansing Public Library is also participating.
About 3,400 people are waiting for a life-saving organ in Michigan today. Twenty-one people die each day because an organ transplant was not available in time. Your decision to someday donate could save up to eight lives. Your tissue can ease the pain and improve the lives of up to 50 more sick, injured and blind people.
Probably someone you know has been or will be impacted by the need for an organ or tissue. We have several library staff members directly impacted by organ donation:
Jon from Information Technology: A few years ago, Jon’s young daughter Bridget was diagnosed with the extremely rare chronic kidney disorder Nephronophthisis which damaged both of her kidneys. Fortunately, Bridget didn’t have to go on the waiting list. Her mom Amy gave her the gift of life, donating one of her kidneys to Bridget.
Kiersten from Circulation was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease several years ago. She had started dialysis when her best friend Theresa stepped up to give her the gift of life in 2003. When Theresa found out she was a match for her friend she had only one thing to say at the time: “Let’s do this!”
If you have been reading my blog posts, you know why I am so passionate about organ donation. My dear friend Jackie bravely battled polycystic kidney disease and dialysis for years. She inspired me to donate a kidney to a stranger in 2011. Thankfully Jackie received a kidney in 2010!
*If you live in the greater Lansing area, visit a participating CADL library or East Lansing Public Library during the campaign. If you are a Michiganian, see if your local library is participating. If not, ask them to join next year!
CADL location and times:
- Aurelius Library
Wednesday, Oct. 7 • 12 – 1 p.m.
- Downtown Lansing Library
Monday-Friday, Oct. 5-9 • 12-1 p.m.
- Haslett Library
Monday Oct. 5 • 1-4 p.m.
- Holt-Delhi Library
Thursday Oct. 8 • 2:30-4:30 p.m.
- Leslie Library
Thursday, Oct. 8 • 1-3 p.m.
- Okemos Library
Wednesday October 7 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Williamston Library
Wednesday, Oct. 7 • 10 -11 a.m.