Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer for Year 2015: Yusuf Patel
Nominator: Murat Kose
Yusuf Patel was diagnosed with a rare disease at the age of 9 months. Since then, he has used his diagnosis to educate others, advocate for awareness, and lead organ and tissue donor campaigns. From talks at local schools, to creating videos, Yusuf is sharing his journey and encouraging others to become organ donors. One young man in the region with the same disease said that Yusuf's positive outlook and perspective helped him through the transplant process.