Secretary Johnson recognized for promoting organ, tissue donation

SOUTHFIELD — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson was recognized Friday evening by the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan for her work promoting organ, tissue and eye donation.

Johnson spoke at the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan’s 15th annual “Alive” event at Art Moran GMC Buick Dealership in Southfield, when she was surprised by Eversight’s vice president of philanthropy Diana Kern, Gift of Life Michigan CEO Dorrie Dils, and past Shining Star Award winners, who each gave Johnson a yellow rose.

“The impact Secretary Johnson has made on the donor registry program during her time in office is immeasurable,” said Alison Claerhout, Donate Life Coalition of Michigan president. “Her policy changes led to a drastic increase in the number of registered donors in our state, which will continue to save and enhance lives of Michigan residents long beyond the end of her term.”

Johnson changed the way the Secretary of State’s office promoted Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry after she was elected in 2010. Since that time, nearly 3 million people have joined Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry, which has grown from 27 percent of all eligible adults registered to 63 percent.

Among the presenters were Cassandra Perry, a cornea recipient who received a Shining Star in 2013; Artelia Griggs, a donor mother and a 2016 Shining Star Award recipient; and Patty Jo Herndon, Michigan Donor Family Council president and 2017 Shining Star Award recipient. Pediatric heart recipient Tommy Schomaker, who spoke at the April 11th Donate Life Month kickoff event in Flint, also participated.

Shining Stars are given to groups or individuals who show exceptional dedication, outstanding support, novel partnerships or extraordinary efforts in the area of organ, tissue and eye donor awareness.

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