LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's newest license plate, which encourages organ donation efforts, is now on sale, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.
The Donate Life plate carries the Donate Life logo and the message: "Be an Organ, Eye & Tissue Donor."
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the plate, which costs $35 in addition to any applicable registration fees, will go to the Thomas Daley Gift of Life Fund to promote organ, tissue and eye donation. The fund is named in honor of Thomas Daley, 23, who died in an accident in 2011 and was an organ donor. Daley the son of Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, and his wife Deborah.
"The need is so great in Michigan and this will be a clear reminder to Michigan residents about the need for people willing to give the gift of life," said Johnson, who has championed organ donation awareness efforts since becoming secretary of state. Under her leadership, record numbers of people are signing up as potential donors on Michigan's Organ Donor Registry. The Registry grew by nearly 400,000 people -- a 25 percent increase -- last year.
The plate is formally known as the John J. Gleason Gift of Life Plate in honor of the state representative, John Gleason, who sponsored legislation creating the plate. Gleason is a kidney recipient.