Schmidt Recognized as a true Champion

By Lynn McCain | August 23 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Carl Schmidt, Professor of Forensic Pathology and Wayne County Medical Examiner for being selected by Gift of Life Michigan to receive the prestigious 2021 Champion Award for promoting organ and tissue donation. Schmidt was one of 13 individuals recognized at the Champions Gala held at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter on August 13th.

Schmidt was recognized for his efforts in working with a database vendor to make a small change in the software, which identified potential donors earlier, while the tissues were still viable. “In 6 months, there were as many donors as in the previous 3 or 4 years combined.  It is remarkable how those small things can make such a big difference,” recounted Schmidt.

“Gift of Life Michigan is so fortunate to have so many dedicated partners assist us with our mission of honoring life through donation,” said Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan. “Every year there are so many worthy nominees.  These champions represent the best of the best.”

She continued, thanking Schmidt for his efforts, “You make our important work possible.”

To register as a tissue or organ donor, visit Gift of Life Michigan.