ALBANY, GA – (March 14, 2016) – April is Donate Life Month, a national observance celebrating the Gift of Life through organ and tissue donation. For Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler, however, helping to carry out the wishes of individuals who have chosen to give life after death is a year round commitment. Recently, Fowler was honored by LifeLink® of Georgia, the state’s organ recovery organization, as a Coroner of the Quarter for his passionate commitment to help families honor their loved one’s decision to donate organs and tissues. Fowler’s care for families goes hand in hand with his support of the life-saving gift of organ donation, because he understands how transplantation helps patients in end stage organ failure, and witnesses firsthand how donation helps grieving families find comfort after the loss of a loved one.
Fowler is uniquely qualified to serve the county as its coroner. He spent 16 years working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, which helped prepare him to work with families as they navigate the decisions involved after a loved one’s death. He also has a personal connection to donation and transplantation. A member of his church family received the Gift of Life, providing that individual with more time to spend with family and friends. And, a member of his own family is listed for a lifesaving transplant. Through these experiences, Fowler gained an intimate understanding of the life-saving gifts organ donors provide.
“My main goal is to help someone along the way. Think of the big picture, the life you save is worth it all,” Fowler says, about the importance of organ and tissue donation.
“Coroner Fowler’s commitment to families is evident,” states Cassie Borderieux, LifeLink employee. “It was a natural progression to highlight his work with families.”
Currently, more than 5,500 Georgians are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Efforts like Fowler’s, coupled with the generosity of organ donors, and the countless hospital professionals throughout Georgia who work with LifeLink, enable thousands to enjoy a second chance at life. In honor of Donate Life Month, and following the example of Coroner Fowler, learn more about organ and tissue donation and register as a donor. Visit www.LifeLinkFoundation.org.