Johnson, Gleason team up once again for organ donation

Organ Donation Event

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson shoots at clay targets and stands with (on left) Ron Wilcutts, president of the Grand Blanc Huntsman's Club and Genesee County Clerk John Gleason.

JUNE 20, 2018

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson recently took part in Genesee County Clerk John Gleason’s annual clay shoot and luncheon at the Huntsman’s Club in Grand Blanc to raise funds in support of organ donation, a cause that has brought the two of them together many times.

“What a pleasure it has been to work with John to promote the gift of life over the years,” Johnson said. "As a kidney recipient and an elected official, he has been a great champion for organ donation and part of the reason for our state’s success in turning the numbers around.”

When Johnson took office in 2011, only 27 percent of residents age 18 or older were on Michigan’s organ donor registry. She put in place a policy directing branch office clerks to ask each customer if they would like to join the registry. That change, in cooperation with the dedicated efforts of Gift of Life Michigan, Eversight, Gleason and many other advocates, has helped the state raise the number of participating adults to nearly 64 percent.

The clay shoot drew approximately 100 business leaders, law enforcement officers and firefighters from across the state to Grand Blanc on June 15. Funds raised went to the John J. Gleason Community Fund, which among its activities provides college scholarships to students through an organ donation essay contest.

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