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Gift of life

Employee is a two-time organ donor

Michael Ashley, an organ donor in 2002 and 2021, advocates for the cause.

Michael Ashley, a letter carrier in Rochester, NY, talked about the importance of organ donation in a recent issue of The Eagle magazine.

More than 100,000 people are on the national transplant list, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal agency.

“If just a small percentage of people are made aware of organ donation, or revisit their decision, maybe more people will be moved to action,” Ashley said.

Registration is as simple as checking a box on your driver’s license renewal. “One posthumous donor can save eight lives,” he said.

Ashley gave a kidney to a family member in 2002. He also gave a section of his liver to a stranger in an altruistic donation in 2021. He described it as “an amazing experience, and a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for someone else.”

To learn more about becoming an organ donor, visit

The Eagle is seeking to feature more employees like Ashley in future editions of “Spotlight.”

If you know a USPS worker who exemplifies service to the community or dedication to a cause, send an email to

The Eagle is mailed to employees’ homes and is also available on Newsroom, a USPS online news hub.