Genesee District Library (GDL) will be the first library to offer ongoing district-wide access to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry through a partnership with Gift of Life Michigan. Patrons at all 19 Genesee District Library branches, and visitors to the GDL website, will have convenient, easy access to the donor registry. To kick off this partnership, the Genesee Valley Library branch will host a reception on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Have a Heart will feature a host of notable guest speakers, including one who is currently awaiting a kidney transplant. Patrons will be able to register online via the GDL website. They may also register in person at any branch. Gift of Life was incorporated in 1971 by Michigan transplant surgeons to provide a network for sharing kidneys. Today, Gift of Life recovers more than 900 organs every year for transplantation from 300 or more donors, saving hundreds of lives. Bone, skin and other tissue also are recovered, helping to significantly improve the lives of thousands of seriously injured and sick recipients. Gift of Life also works with Eversight Michigan to manage cornea and eye donation. For more information, visit thegdl.org, giftoflifemichigan.org, or call (866) 500-5801.

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