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More than 12,000 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry this year while filing their income tax returns.
News | May 14, 2024

Michigan Organ Donor Registry sees major growth thanks to Check Your Heart Act

More than 12,000 new registrants added during 2024 tax season Thanks to the Check Your Heart Act, the Michigan Organ Donor Registry has 12,475 new…

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2023 was a record year for Gift of Life Michigan with 578 organ donors and 1,858 tissue donors
LifeLines, News | April 17, 2024

Gift of Life sets organ and tissue records in 2023

Michigan’s donation success continues to mirror national trend Gift of Life Michigan had another record year in 2023. The state’s organ and tissue donation program…

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More than 100 staff at Munson Medical Center gathered to celebrate their upcoming Hospital of the Year Award - many of them came in on their day off to join the celebration.
News | March 1, 2024

Munson Medical Center Named Hospital of the Year by Gift of Life Michigan

Munson’s John Stanifer, MD and ICU Manager, Eric Jean also to be recognized. Gift of Life Michigan has announced that in April it will honor…

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Dr. Bedi, Rachel Kuntzsch and Sarah Scantamburlo are new Gift of Life Governing Board members
News | February 21, 2024

Gift of Life Michigan announces new board members

New board members will bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table Gift of Life Michigan is proud to announce three new members joining its…

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2023 was a record year for Gift of Life Michigan with 578 organ donors and 1,858 tissue donors
News | January 15, 2024

Gift of Life Michigan smashes record for organ donors in 2023

More than 213,000 people join Donor Registry Gift of Life Michigan helped a record 578 people become organ donors and 1,858 to give the gift…

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Melinda Herrera, Neuro ICU nurse at Sparrow Hospital, will receive Gift of Life's 2024 Nurse Champion Award
News | January 3, 2024

Sparrow Hospital nurse earns statewide donation champion award from Gift of Life Michigan

Malinda Herrera becomes a living donor to offer hope Malinda Herrera has been a passionate advocate of organ and tissue donation for years as a…

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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 about 2,400 patients on the waiting list for a transplant. More than 100,000 people are waiting nationwide.
  • Organ donors can save up to eight lives and tissue donors can substantially heal up to 75 sick, injured or blind people, sometimes as many as 125.
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