MacArthur Student Honored for Volunteerism and Advocacy

By Alex Costello-Patch Staff
Published on December 17, 2016

LI TRIO was lucky to have Michael Reed speak as a guest speaker at our LI TRIO Donor Rose Garden Re-dedication Ceremony. There has been some recent press and here, he has received the Stony Brook University Medical Center President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community service efforts with the medical center.

Long Island TRIO member and kidney recipient Michael Reed has advocated for organ donations and has spent years helping other kids like him.

Michael Reed — a MacArthur High School student who received a new purpose in life when he received a kidney transplant — was recently invited to speak at Stony Brook University Medical Center about the importance of being an organ donor in recognition of National Organ Donor Appreciation Day. In addition, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community service efforts with the medical center.

“I wanted to feel accomplished in life,” Reed said. “And working with the hospital and participating in more speaking engagements makes me feel like I have acquired that goal.”

At 14 years old, Reed received a kidney transplant from his father, who was a perfect match. He said he realizes that he was lucky to have someone in the family willing to donate a kidney and, to this day, is eternally grateful. Today, Michael is healthy, although he is prohibited from playing contact sports.

Since his recovery, Reed has served on the medical center’s Youth Advisory Committee, assisting in the planning and organization of an annual prom for patients residing at the hospital. He also volunteers his time with the medical center’s transportation department, transporting beds and materials to the various departments within the hospital.

Reed said he plans on pursuing a career in nephrology. He also wants to continue encouraging people to become a donor. Click here to view his speaking engagement.

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