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Welcome to Gift of Life Michigan’s Newsroom, where you'll find the latest in transplant news and industry innovations, along with inspiring stories about transplant recipients, tributes to donors and donor families and general information of interest about the organ and tissue transplant community. 

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Patrick O'Brien

Chief Communications Officer
[email protected]
734-922-1017 (office) or 517-449-3565 (cell)

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Communications Manager
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734-233-8069 (cell)

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Donor Mother Teena Smith (left) and heart recipient Sharon Culbreath.
News | November 16, 2022

“It’s like I have a new family now”

Michigan woman meets son’s heart recipient Two years after her son died, Teena Smith heard his heart beating once again. Joseph Reaume died at 41…

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Senator Kevin Daly stands at a podium in front of a Check Your Heart banner on the Michigan Capitol steps
Gift of LifeLines, News | October 11, 2022

Gift of Life Michigan calls for action as Michigan Organ Donor Registry grows at the slowest pace since its founding

About 2,400 patients are waiting in Michigan this month for a life-saving organ transplant. The best way to save their lives is to grow the…

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources logo
News | October 6, 2022

Gift of Life Michigan, DNR team up to save lives

New partnership will ask hunters, anglers to ‘Check Your Heart’ Hunters and anglers in Michigan will now be asked a new question after they purchase…

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Graphic celebrating 1 million organ transplants, with Gift of Life Michigan and United Network for Organ Sharing logos
News | September 9, 2022

U.S. reaches historic milestone of 1 million organ transplants

Gift of Life Michigan joins national ‘Living it Forward’ initiative to advance next million Ann Arbor, MI – The U.S. organ donation system has made…

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Blog, News | September 1, 2022

Foundation grant honors heart recipient who inspired many

  On Saturday, Aug. 27, a $10,000 grant was presented to the Gift of Life Foundation in honor of a Julia Evans, a heart recipient…

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Artelia Griggs and Donnie Parker wave as they finish the 5K walk
Gift of LifeLines, News | July 27, 2022

LIFE Walk returns to historic Belle Isle for 25th year

Thousands attend event celebrating life, organ and tissue donation The annual LIFE Walk/Run drew nearly 2,500 people to Belle Isle in downtown Detroit for the…

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Donation Facts
  • Of the state's 7.6 million adults, more than 4.8 million are registered donors.
  • The best way to indicate one's decision to donate life is to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
  • On average, 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week.
  • The supply of organs donated doesn't come close to meeting the demand. Michigan has nearly 3,000 people on the waiting list for a transplant. About 113,000 people are waiting nationwide.
  • Organ donors can save up to eight lives and tissue donors can substantially improve life for up to 75 sick, injured or blind people.
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