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Shiawassee Students Help Sign Up Nearly 800 New Organ Donors As Part of Statewide Challenge

793 New Donors On Michigan Organ Donor Registry Are Thanks, In Part, to Shiawassee Students; Future Health Professionals Save and Heal Lives Through Gift of Life HOSA Challenge

Posted by Owosso Now at 2:07am 3/9/19

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Anchor Bay High School and Macomb/Lutheran North students (pictured) earned top honors in the first-ever Gift of Life HOSA Challenge./Courtesy photo

Students from Shiawassee RESD HOSA competed in the first-ever Gift of Life HOSA Challenge, a statewide competition to register organ and tissue donors. Through the challenge, Michigan HOSA students helped to add 793 new donors to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. There are currently more than 3,000 Michigan residents on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.

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Michigan  HOSA chapters are part of the former Health Occupation Students of America, and the organization is now known as HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

The Gift of Life HOSA Challenge, an organ and tissue donor drive competition, took place
February 11th through March 1st.  For three weeks, students signed up people to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Members of the public signed up on the Donor Registry in honor of their local HOSA chapter, scoring a point for that chapter.
 
In addition to registering new donors, students also encouraged their classmates, teachers and  supporters to sign up through various activities and events designed to raise awareness of the 
importance of organ and tissue donation. 

“We are proud to partner with Michigan HOSA-Future Health Professionals to save and heal lives  right here Michigan,” said Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s organ and tissue recovery program. “The energy and enthusiasm of these students is inspiring. Their leadership and passion for improving health care will ensure a successful Gift of Life HOSA Challenge. Signing up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry is an easy, quick way to give hope to the 3,200 residents in our state waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and tens of thousands more who need cornea and tissue transplants to improve the quality of their lives.”

Samantha Pohl, assistant director of Michigan HOSA, added: “With over 7,000 HOSA members  spread across the state, this challenge is a fun way to make our organization feel more cohesive, all while spreading awareness of organ donation. We are thankful for this opportunity with Gift of Life and appreciate them taking an interest in future health professionals.”

Awards will be presented to Anchor Bay High School HOSA, the chapter with the most new donor registrations, and to Lutheran North HOSA, the chapter with the most activities completed in support of donation.

All participating schools will be recognized at the HOSA State Leadership Conference in  
Grand Rapids later this month.

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