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Donating Life in Michigan

12:00 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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(WZZM) - This month, Spectrum Health announced its first lung transplant. The patient is a Wyoming man who, doctors say, has an excellent prognosis.

This milestone in Grand Rapids also highlights the importance of those willing to donate to save lives.

According to the Michigan Organ and Tissue Donor Program, more people are signing up.

Of the state's ten million residents, about three million are registered organ donors.

A record 398,000 people joined the program in 2011, 25% more than the year before. On average 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week.

Another 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for a life saving donation.

If you sign up to become an organ donor, you have the potential of saving up to eight lives. Tissue donors can help up to 50 people.

To learn more about how to become an organ donor, click here.

Blood and marrow donors also help save lives. Robin Roberts' became a vocal advocate for bone marrow donation.

In the months following the diagnosis of her rare blood disorder, 56,000 people joined the Be the Match Registry.

Workers at Michigan Blood hope people will continue to support their efforts. They are holding a registry drive Monday the 25th from 5 to 9 PM at the Mitten Brewing Company on Leonard Street in Grand Rapids.

Michigan Blood has also teamed up with Laughfest to host a blood drive benefiting Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

It is March 4th at the Michigan Blood offices on Fuller in Grand Rapids. The drive begins at 8AM and ends at 7PM.

To learn more about that blood drive, click here. To learn more about Michigan Blood, click here. To find out more information about the Be The Match Registry, click here.

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