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  • Make a Gift to Support Organ and Tissue Donation Education

    Michaela Layton is one of the busiests volunteers, helping to reach thousands with the importance of organ, tissue and eye donationOrgan and Tissue Donor Education Fund


    Through education, we can register more organ, tissue and eye donors and eliminate the wait for transplant in Wisconsin. Gifts from this fund are used for education that works to advance knowledge related to organ and tissue donation, increase awareness of organ and tissue donation, and to highlight the importance of registering as an organ, tissue and eye donor.


    Meet Michaela


    At age 17, Michaela Layton was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease, a rare genetic disease that causes copper buildup in the liver. Typically a healthy, athletic young woman who rarely got sick, Michaela was quickly admitted to University Hospital to wait for her only hope, a liver transplant. Thankfully, she received her transplant, which quickly ignited her passion for sharing her gratitude for receiving a second chance at life. She contacted UW Organ and Tissue Donation to become an official volunteer. Our experts provided training on organ, tissue and eye donation and taught her advocacy skills.


    Now one of the program’s busiest volunteers, Michaela spends her free time working at events, supporting the Dottie Donor Dot mascot program, promoting donation via social media and sharing her story at community outreach events. Her work has reached thousands of people, and contributed greatly toward increasing the number of registered donors.


    Make a Gift to Support Organ and Tissue Donor Education


    To support programs and services for patients, research or help promote organ and tissue donor education, make a gift through the University of Wisconsin-Foundation. Donate to the Organ and Tissue Donor Education Fund