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FLINT TWP. — Having skilled the miracle of organ donation firsthand, parishioners on the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2474 S. Ballenger Hwy. needed to do one thing this 12 months in honor of Nationwide Donor Sabbath.
So, the church, with the assistance of Present of Life, created a video for its congregation the place residing organ donors and donor recipients may inform their tales and speak in regards to the significance of organ donation.
Deb Gustafson of Davison, a member of the church, acquired a kidney from a fellow parishioner on the church.
On nearly fixed dialysis, each of her kidneys eliminated resulting from illness, it was a donation that actually saved Gustafson’s life.
Gustafson and Shalonda Griffin, the Present of Life neighborhood relations coordinator for Genesee County, tossed round some concepts for a Donor Sabbath recognition and from that got here up with the thought of a video.
“We have been speaking about what we may do for Donor Sabbath and we got here up with this,” mentioned Griffin. “We’d been speaking since January and needed to do one thing with native folks speaking about their tales – each recipients and donors.”
Nationwide Donor Sabbath is noticed yearly two weekends earlier than Thanksgiving, from Friday by way of Sunday. This 12 months it would begin tomorrow, Nov. 13, and can run by way of Sunday, Nov. 15.
This three-day observance seeks to incorporate the times of worship for main religions practiced in america.
Throughout Nationwide Donor Sabbath, religion leaders from many religions, donor households, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals take part in companies and packages to coach the general public in regards to the want for the lifesaving and therapeutic presents handed to others by way of transplantation, whereas additionally encouraging folks to register their resolution to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
Griffin mentioned many people who find themselves contemplating being donors or who require organ transplants will usually search the approval of their church leaders earlier than opting to have surgical procedure.
“This video is one thing they will share with the congregation, so that they perceive extra about it,” she mentioned. “Each main faith has given its approval for organ donation.”
The video consists of brief interviews with a number of native folks affected by organ donation, together with Gustafson and her donor, Bonnie Pobocik. Different contributors embody Alena Christian and Gary Gould, each liver recipients; Armond Baskin, who’s awaiting a kidney transplant; and Lynette Bailey, who’s a residing kidney donor.
The Unitarian Universalist Church will stream the video after the 10:30 a.m. service on Nov. 15 at www.uuflint.org.