We Honor Life Through Donation

Choosing to become a donor can make an impact on many lives. Read the stories of donors and recipients, and find out how you can make a difference!

It Takes a Village
to Make Donation Possible

Through compassion and dedication, our employees work to make medical miracles happen every day.

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Mom helps Oxford students remember her son's generosity.

Justin Shilling’s legacy as an organ and tissue donor is helping his mother navigate the depths of her grief. She wanted something for his 1,900 classmates, too.

Lung transplant recipient Aarolyn McCullough staffs an information table

Gift of Life welcomes community and partners to Ann Arbor headquarters

Please join Gift of Life Michigan for a Check Your Heart Community Open House on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at our Ann Arbor headquarters. 

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Gift of Life Foundation gives nearly $85,000 in community grants to partners statewide

The fundraising arm of Gift of Life Michigan has given grants to seven community partners and county medical examiners to help them promote donation and increase the number of tissue donors. 

Let's Talk

Since 1971, Gift of Life Michigan has honored life by connecting people who need vital organ and tissue transplants with donors. We launched Let’s Talk to reach out to multicultural, youth, and faith communities.


Latinx Experience

The decision to donate is an important decision. We know that faith and family informs this decision.


African American Experience

Despite a history of mistrust and misinformation, doctors will work just as hard to save your life.


Arab American Experience

We are partnering with healthcare professionals and community leaders to ensure information about organ donation is culturally sensitive and consistent with faith beliefs.

By the Numbers
Number of Michigan patients who have recieved a life-saving organ transplant in the past 10 years.
Number of lives saved each day by an organ transplant in the United States.
Number of people on the national organ transplant waiting list.
Making a Difference

Who We Serve

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Learn how to become a donor, what organs are eligible for donation, and more.

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Donor Families

We help you and the rest of your family cope, grieve, understand and – if you wish – become an advocate of donation.

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While GOL doesn't work directly with/assign organs to recipients, transplant recipients are why we do what we do.

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Want to get involved? Find out how you can make a difference through volunteering with Gift of Life Michigan!

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