Gift of Life events at Mott Community College

Davison resident Deb Gustafson, a kidney recipient and Flint resident Alena Christian, a liver recipient. Photos provided

Davison resident Deb Gustafson, a kidney recipient and Flint resident Alena Christian, a liver recipient. Photos provided

FLINT — Mott Bears have Heart took place on Feb. 14 at the Mott Event Center at Mott Community College. The event, which took place on National Donor Day, gave students, staff and community members the opportunity to ask questions about donation, join the state’s organ and tissue registry and hear personal stories from transplant recipients. Participants also had the opportunity to stuff a bear with “new parts” and give it “new life.”

According to Community Relations Coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan, Shalonda Griffin, more than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for transplants. One person can donate eight life-saving organs, and tissue and corneas can drastically improve the lives of another 75 people.

For details or to join the registry please go to www.golm.org. G.G.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason, a kidney transplant recipient, was present at the event.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason, a kidney transplant recipient, was present at the event.

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