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TUSCOLA SOS PLUS OFFICE PRESENTED "GIFT OF LIFE AWARD"

TISHA JONES

Tue, 07 May 2013 16:34:55 EDT

 


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THE TUSCOLA COUNTY SECRETARY OF STATE PLUS OFFICE, LOCATED IN CARO, WAS PRESENTED WITH A “GIFT OF LIFE” AWARD TODAY. REPRESENTATIVES FROM GIFT OF LIFE MICHIGAN AND SECRETARY OF STATE RUTH JOHNSON’S OFFICE WERE ON HAND TO PRESENT THE PLAQUE FOR THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT FROM 2011 TO 2012 BECAUSE THIS SINGLE LOCATION SAW A 142% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED ORGAN DONORS IN THAT TIME FRAME. IN 2011, THE BRANCH REGISTERED 974 DONORS AND IN 2012 THERE WERE 2,358 REGISTRATIONS.
EACH DONOR HAS THE POSSIBILITY OF SAVING UP TO 8 LIVES AND MAKING A DRASTIC DIFFERENCE IN QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OVER 50 PEOPLE. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 3,100 PEOPLE ON ORGAN DONOR WAITING LISTS IN MICHIGAN. GIFT OF LIFE MI REPRESENTATIVE KIM ZASA SAYS, “ASKING HAS BEEN THE KEY.” IN 2011, SECRETARY OF STATE RUTH JOHNSON INSTITUTED A POLICY THAT, IF TIME ALLOWED, CUSTOMER SERVICE EMPLOYEES WERE INSTRUCTED TO ASK CLIENTS IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR. SINCE JOHNSON TOOK OFFICE, OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP TO BE ORGAN DONORS.
TUSCOLA COUNTY SECRETARY OF STATE PLUS OFFICE IS ONE OF 4 BRANCHES IN THIS REGION TO RECEIVE THE AWARD. TWENTY TOTAL AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED STATEWIDE. THE PLAQUE PRESENTED TODAY READS, “IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN PROMOTING THE MICHIGAN ORGAN DONOR REGISTRY. GIFT OF LIFE MICHIGAN PRESENTS THIS PLAQUE TO TUSCOLA COUNTY PLUS. YOUR DEDICATION SAVED AND IMPROVED LIVES IN MICHIGAN AND BEYOND,” AND IS OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THEIR CEO, RICHARD PIETROWSKI.
IN ADDITION TO REGISTERING TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR, CUSTOMERS NEEDING A NEW LICENSE PLATE CAN NOW PURCHASE A DONATE LIFE PLATE. THESE SPECIALTY PLATES HAVE THE DONATE LIFE LOGO ON THE LEFT AND PURE MICHIGAN ACROSS THE TOP.
   

 

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