SR29, As Adopted by Senate, March 21, 2019
Senator Daley offered the following resolution:
Senate Resolution No. 29.
A resolution to recognize April 2019 as Donate Life Month.
Whereas, More than 3,100 Michigan residents are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and many thousands more would benefit from tissue and corneal transplants; and
Whereas, The state of Michigan has 5.2 million people on the Organ Donor Registry, but over 33 percent of adults have not yet registered to save and heal others; and
Whereas, The need for organ, tissue, and eye donations grows daily; and
Whereas, Nationwide, an average of 22 people die each day because a donated organ did not become available; and
Whereas, The people in Michigan most severely affected by chronic kidney disease include over 2,300 who are waiting for a kidney transplant and a disproportionate number of them are ethnic minorities; and
Whereas, Chronic kidney disease is a major public health burden, particularly in multicultural communities; and
Whereas, It is more cost effective to transplant a donated kidney than to treat the symptoms of kidney failure for an extended period of time; and
Whereas, Organ, tissue, and eye donation can provide families that are tragically confronted by the death of a loved one the comfort of knowing the gift of donated organs and tissues provides another person with a renewed hope for a healthy life; and
Whereas, A single organ, tissue, and eye donor can save and improve the lives of up to 75 people; and
Whereas, The act of giving the gift of life through organ, tissue, and eye donation to someone facing imminent death, living with blindness, or who has a disability is the ultimate act of generosity and kindness; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body recognize April 2019 as Donate Life Month; and be it further
Resolved, That we encourage all residents to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, share their decision to do so with their families, friends, and colleagues, and encourage others to do the same.