Secretary of State to honor Detroit Tigers for organ donation efforts at game

AUGUST 15, 2013I am. Are you? Are you on the organ donor registry?

DETROIT, Mich. — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will present the Detroit Tigers organization with a special Shining Star award for the team's support of organ, tissue and eye donation. The award presentation will take place during a pre-game ceremony before tonight's match-up against the Kansas City Royals.

"The Detroit Tigers have been extremely supportive of sharing the gift of life," said Johnson. "Because of their passion for this cause, innumerable lives have been affected and many people have heard the message that donation saves lives."

Gift of Life Michigan nominated the Detroit Tigers for the award, which will be given as part of the Donate Life Coalition's annual event at Comerica Park to promote organ donor awareness. On the field, Johnson will be surrounded by organ donor recipients and family members.

"The Detroit Tigers are proud partners in the effort to raise awareness of organ donation, and are thrilled to continue supporting the cause through the Tigers Ticket Fundraising program," said Elaine Lewis, the organization's vice president of community and public affairs. "The message of organ donation became especially meaningful for us after the loss of our young colleague Kristen Joe, whose generosity was demonstrated when she gave the gift of life. We are honored and humbled to receive the Shining Star award in recognition of our wonderful partnership with Gift of Life."

Since taking office, Johnson has pushed hard to expand Michigan's organ donor rolls. Under her leadership, and as a result of partnerships with Gift of Life Michigan and the Michigan Eye-Bank, more than one million additional names have been added to Michigan's organ donor registry.

Michigan currently has 3,100 people on the organ transplant waiting list. According to national statistics, 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant; however, one donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance the lives of more than 50 people. More than 1,000 Michiganders receive a sight-restoring corneal transplant each year.

Anyone can join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry by visiting or any Secretary of State branch office. Those who sign up receive a heart logo sticker to place on their driver's license that indicates their wish to be an organ donor. A new card with a permanent heart emblem is issued at renewal time.

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