Life of Brighton student who became organ donor after her death honored on floor of Congress

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Madison Wegener

Madison Wegener, the Brighton High School student who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, a rare, degenerative disease that currently has no cure, died Jan. 21, 2020. Her mother, Cheryl Wegener, is an English teacher at Brighton High School.

Knowing that she might need a lung transplant one day, Madison became an advocate for organ donation at an early age, and upon her death became a donor, saving four lives and providing the gift of sight to another.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, paid tribute to Madison on the floor of Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

“Maddie’s generosity of spirit set a powerful example as her legacy will live on in her family, her community, and in those she helped save,” Slotkin said on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. You can view Slotkin’s honoring of Madison by clicking here.

Slotkin had been at the Friday, Jan. 24, Brighton/Howell girls basketball game at which students on both sides honored Madison by wearing purple, the official color of pulmonary hypertension awareness. You can read about that by clicking here.

You can read Madison’s obituary by clicking here.

Memorial donations in memory of Madison can be sent to the Robyn J. Barst Pediatric Research and Mentoring Fund, Gift of Life, or to Make-a-Wish America.

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