Macomb Lutheran North students participate in the Gift of Life HOSA Challenge in November. Lutheran North registered 32 people, while statewide, there were over 1,300 new registrations.

Macomb Lutheran North students participate in the Gift of Life HOSA Challenge in November. Lutheran North registered 32 people, while statewide, there were over 1,300 new registrations.

Photo provided by Nicole Mandziara


Macomb Township schools recognized for registering organ donors

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 3, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Gift of Life Michigan indicates that approximately 3,200 Michigan patients are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.

A recent friendly challenge to register new organ and tissue donors and inspire support for donations among 26 Michigan high schools resulted in 1,352 registrations.

Macomb Lutheran North High School participated in the Gift of Life HOSA Challenge, with 32 people registering.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in the Gift of Life HOSA Challenge through LHN, and especially those that signed up to be organ and tissue donors,” said Nicole Mandziara, a Lutheran North teacher and HOSA adviser. “For that selfless gift, many lives will be saved.”

The Gift of Life HOSA Challenge was a three-week competition in November to see which HOSA chapter could add the most new names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry or complete the most activities to inspire people to support donation.

All schools that registered 25 or more donors and completed at least 100 activity points were entered in a drawing for a pizza party, with Lutheran North selected.

This year, 71 students are part of HOSA at Lutheran North.

Gift of Life Michigan is a federally designated organ and tissue recovery program, providing all services necessary for organ donation to occur in Michigan. It’s a nonprofit organization working all over the state as a liaison between donors, hospitals and transplant centers.

“Michigan HOSA students have demonstrated an incredible work ethic, and a commitment to excellence and serving their communities that is unmatched,” Alison Gillum, the Gift of Life Michigan community relations coordinator, said. “At Gift of Life Michigan, we consider it to be our great privilege to have the opportunity to work with all of you in the effort to save and improve lives here in Michigan.”

With the competition now complete, awards will be presented to the chapter with the most new donor registrations and to the chapter with the most activities completed in support of donations.

The top three HOSA chapters with the most registrations were the Sanilac Career Center with 260, Anchor Bay High School with 222, and Grand Blanc High School with 141.

Last year, 816 new donors were registered in three weeks.

“On behalf of all families affected by donation, I want to sincerely thank you for your dedication to this cause. I know you are presented with a multitude of projects and assignments to work on, and the fact that you chose to dedicate your time to the Gift of Life HOSA Challenge means a lot,” Gillum said.

Other local high schools that participated were Fraser, Dakota and L’Anse Creuse.

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