Secretary of State's Shining Star Award recognizes Michigan Donor Family Council

MAY 12, 2014Heart of A Warrior - Organ Donation Awareness

Organization supports donor families and the transplant community

TRENTON, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today awarded the Michigan Donor Family Council with a Shining Star Award for the group's work supporting family members of donors and encouraging more people to join the donor registry.

"Among the many great partners who promote organ, tissue and eye donation, the Michigan Donor Family Council is one of the most dedicated and influential," said Johnson while awarding the council at the Downriver Area PLUS Secretary of State office in Trenton. "I am honored to recognize the council's work and its continued outreach to donor families statewide."

Council CEO Patty Jo Herndon said council members are honored to be recognized for their work supporting organ donation efforts, especially because of their personal experience with donation.

"Each of our members has personally been touched by organ, tissue and/or eye donation," she said. "We bring donor families, recipients and advocates together to educate and increase awareness of organ, tissue, and eye donation and transplantation in honor of donors who gave the greatest gifts of life, sight and mobility."

Alex Teska of the Michigan Eye-Bank nominated the council for the Shining Star, citing its success promoting the organ donation registry, including its creation of a popular T-shirt that raises money for the cause as well as sparking conversations about the need for people to sign up.

"Since the council's inception in 2004, the council has been supporting donor families and the transplant community in a way that goes above and beyond," Teska said. "This support can be found at every donation-related event in Michigan, and the council's involvement is integral to achieving a donor-friendly Michigan."

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