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Your holiday gift could save lives

Ann Arbor, Mich. – (Nov. 16, 2009) – If you’re searching for the perfect gift this holiday season you may not realize that you have the ability to give something for free that will touch the lives of countless others.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan says 50 people can be helped when just one person signs up to become a potential organ or tissue donor.  There will come a time when you’ll have organs and tissues to spare, and now’s the time to commit that you’re willing to save someone else’s life by donating them.  It is also possible to donate a kidney or partial liver or lung while still alive, according to the foundation.

As part of its Holiday Gift of Life Campaign, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is reminding Americans that for Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa perhaps the greatest present anyone can give is the promise to save or enhance the life of another person.

Right now, nearly 3,000 Michigan men, women and children are on the waiting list for an organ or tissue transplant while more than 100,000 wait nationally. And while they wait, 18 people die each day.

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM also works to increase awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donations.  For more information on organ donation or to become an organ donor, please contact the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at (800) 482-1455 or visit www.nkfm.org.

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