Peninsula Community Library hosts reception for major donors on the Old Mission Peninsula
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Did you know that 3500 people are waiting for an organ in Michigan? Organ donations and transplants will be the topic of an upcoming program at Peninsula Community Library.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m., Laurie York Anderson will give a presentation about her son Ryan’s opioid addiction and how, after his passing, the donation of his heart and lungs gave the Gift of Life to others. Read more of their story over at

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The program, which will take place in the community room at the new library, is part of PCL’s participation in the Michigan Libraries for Life organ donor sign-up drive. There will also be a display in the library about organ donations from Oct. 10 – 16.

The presentation will include a Q&A time, and participants will also be able to sign up for the organ donation registry.

Peninsula Community Library is located at 2893 Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. For more information, call (231) 223-7700.

(Editor’s Note: This is a topic close to my heart, as my husband Tim has been living with someone else’s liver since Aug. 12, 2003. -jb) 

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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