HANCOCK – As of 2019, nearly 2,200 new organ and tissue donors have been registered in Michigan, thanks to the efforts of students across the state.
Copper Country ISD Career & Technical Education students, Copper Country HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), known as HOSA-Future Health Professionals, are preparing for the fourth statewide competition with d Michigan HOSA Chapters to register new organ and tissue donors and inspire support for organ and tissue donation.
The Gift of Life HOSA Challenge takes place from November 1 to 19, with the participation of 15 different schools. Schools receive points for each new donor they register, as well as activities they coordinate to educate their peers about organ and tissue donation.
“With over 7,000 HOSA members spread across the state, this challenge is a fun way to make our organization more cohesive, while raising awareness of organ donation.” said Samantha Pohl, deputy director of Michigan HOSA. “We are grateful for this opportunity with Gift of Life and appreciate their interest in future healthcare professionals.
Lorie Maki, a BSN, RN and CTE Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor, has a family member from the Copper Country who had a double lung transplant in 2018. The family member, an organ recipient, explained this. what organ donation means to her.
“215 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes and 30 seconds – that’s how long I waited to find a suitable donor for my double lung transplant”, she said. “Many people wait longer than this and still more do not live to receive such a blessing. My donor has allowed me to have a quality of life that I have never had before.
“Over the past three and a half years, with my new lungs, I’ve been able to watch my son grow into a teenager, cross the five-year mark with the man I love, welcome three dogs into our lives and continue to enjoy of the beauty and struggles of everyday life. My life would have ended without my donor and I am grateful to them for each day that I am still here.
There are more than 107,000 people waiting for a new organ in the United States, including 2,463 in Michigan. A single donor can save up to eight lives and help up to 75 more through tissue donation.
“This partnership was important for us” said Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan. “I am always impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and creativity these students bring to educate the community and advocate for organ and tissue donation. Each new recording brings new hope to the many people waiting for a life-saving transplant. “
To register in honor of Copper Country HOSA, visit https://bit.ly/HOSAchallenge. Please note that HOSA must be capitalized in the URL.
For more information on CCISD Career & Technical Education Certified Nursing Assistant or any other program, visit their web page at Copperisd.org/career-technical-education or by calling the office at 906-482 -4250 ex. 300.