The State News | Rebecca Ryan
After 38 days on the list, the kinesiology senior underwent a heart transplant. Although McPharlin realizes how lucky she was to have her life saved by organ donation, many others still are waiting for that chance.
April — national Donate Life month — is a campaign sponsored by Donate Life America, which spreads awareness about organ donations. It also is a chance for people such as McPharlin who have received organs to reflect upon how lucky they are to be alive.
About 3,000 people were on the Michigan wait-list to receive organs, with about 2,500 of those people waiting for kidneys, at the beginning of 2012, said Tim Makinen, communications director for Gift of Life Michigan.
Although the largest age group on the transplant wait list in Michigan is between the ages of 50 and 64 at 1,349, there are 267 young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 currently waiting for organs.