Adventures of a Kidney Donor

March 21, 2012

Oh I am SO Getting One of These!

Today legislation was signed into law that will allow the sale of special license plates to benefit organ donation. Money collected from the sale of the license plates will go to the Thomas Daley Gift of Life Fund. This fund supports efforts to encourage people to join Michigan’s organ donor registry. The picture at left is not the real thing yet, the Secretary of State will design the plate.

The license plate will cost $35. When renewed it will cost an extra $10 over the normal fees, which goes to the fund. The plates go on sale this Summer. I hope I can get one then instead of waiting until next March.

The Thomas Daley Gift of Life Fund is named for the son of State Rep. Kevin Daley (R-Lum). Thomas Daley died last year at 23 following a tree-cutting accident, and his organs helped save the lives of four critically ill patients in Michigan. The law’s passage was a bipartisan effort. The bill was sponsored by and is named for State Sen. John Gleason (D-Flushing), who received a kidney from his sister in 2001, and received the support of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

There are at least 3,000 Michiganders currently on a waiting list for an organ. Michigan has made big strides lately toward adding more names to the donor registry. There was a 25 percent increase in names added last year. I am so happy to hear this because Michigan was one of the worst states as far as numbers of registered donors. Things are looking up!

To join the Michigan registry go here. To join the registry in your state go here.

Go to List of Resources on Kidney Donation


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping to get this information out. I am right behind you on getting this license plate. From one who is on a waiting list. Joan

    Comment by Joan — March 22, 2012 @ 5:35 am |Reply

    • This is great! Thanks for the copy of the article on the Chamber also.

      Comment by anne315 — March 22, 2012 @ 10:10 am |Reply

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