Chatfield introduces resolution to declare March 2017 as Donate Life Month

first_img State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, who serves as speaker pro tempore, introduced a resolution yesterday to declare March 2017 as Donate Life Month in the state of Michigan.Chase Fairbairn’s life was changed at just 11 years old when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the soccer field in his hometown of Harbor Springs. Thankfully, his father was there to perform CPR and save his life. Initially, medical professionals were unable to determine the cause, but after his heart stopped a second time, it was determined that he had an extremely severe form of cardiomyopathy, a disease that attacks the muscles of the heart.“I hope that Chase’s story and this resolution bring much-needed awareness to the people of Michigan to sign-up and become life-saving donors,” said Chatfield.As a gifted athlete, Chase was told that he could no longer play sports and that due to the severity, he would need a heart transplant. Thankfully last year in April, he and his family received the phone call they had been waiting for. Seventy-five days after his heart transplant, he returned home to Michigan. And in September of that year, Chase was healthy enough to return to playing soccer for the first time in five years.“It’s important that all citizens are aware of the life-saving opportunities we have through the simple act of becoming an organ donor,” Chatfield said.There are currently about 3,592 people in the state of Michigan waiting courageously to receive an organ donation. Fifty-four percent of Michigan adults are on the registry, up from 27 percent in 2010. Nearly 2 million names have been added to the registry since 2011 and 4.1 million names are currently on the donor registry.Becoming an organ donor is easy. People can opt to be donors when renewing their driver’s licenses at the Michigan Secretary of State office. Follow this link to find out how:” alt=”last_img” />

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