By Betsy Miner-Swartz, '86
Centralight winter 2014
Chippewas for life
CMU gives and receives in the world of organ donation
Thousands of Central Michigan University students, faculty, staff and alumni have been touched by the modern-day medical miracle of organ, eye and tissue donation.
They have suffered tragedies and, in death, have given others new life. They also have received – they've been given a heart, lungs, a kidney or corneas. Those recipients get a new chance at life and, because of it, are able to see, experience, travel, love and make a difference of their own.
More people are in need of transplants than ever before. The national waiting list grows every week and today stands at an astounding 123,000 – enough people to fill Kelly/Shorts Stadium four times. In Michigan, nearly 3,500 people are waiting for a phone call with the news that their lives will be saved.
Here are some of the stories from CMU students and alumni who make up the world of donation and transplantation. They represent both the beauty of giving and the joy of receiving. And some are working in the field to help make those transplants possible.
Register today to become an organ and tissue donor
If you don't have a red heart emblem on your Michigan driver's license or ID, you aren't registered in this state. Doing so takes less than a minute: Go to giftoflifemichigan.org/go/cmu.
If you don't live in Michigan, go to donatelife.net/register-now to join the registry in your state.