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Gift of Life Michigan can help connect you with medical experts, transplant recipients and/or family members of organ and tissue donors to interview for your story.
This style guide has been developed to maintain the integrity of the Gift of Life Michigan corporate identity and collateral materials. It aims to serve as an aid for those within, and external to, Gift of Life to ensure the identity remains clear and consistent.
Speaking the Language
Donation and Transplant Terminology
- Organ "recovery" is used nationwide to refer to organs transplanted, as a matter of accuracy, clarity and respect for organ donors and their families. Do not use the word "harvest," as it is considered harsh and it is not completely accurate.
- Similarly, use the phrase "deceased donor," never "cadaver."
- The term "life support" is inaccurate and confusing when used in relation to a brain dead patient. The recommended phrasing is that a donor's body is kept on "mechanical support," or a ventilator until the time of donation.
Browse Recent Gift of Life Michigan News
News | September 17, 2021
Grand Rapids facility, staff recognized for innovation, support of organ and tissue donation Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids was honored as the 2021 Donor…
News | September 10, 2021
For the third consecutive month, Gift of Life Michigan honored the wishes of a record number of organ donors, bringing hope for healing to the…
News | September 7, 2021
Champion Awards recognize organ, tissue donation supporters and innovators Dr. Carl Schmidt, chief medical examiner for Wayne County, is one of 13 individuals and three…
News | September 3, 2021
Flint McLaren nurse, kidney donor, honored as Donation Champion by Gift of Life Michigan Tonia Cole is so supportive of organ and tissue donation, she…
- These FAQs about Organ Procurement Organizations include information about the donation process, the impact of opioid deaths and relationships with medical examiner death investigations.
- Video content is available on Gift of Life Michigan's YouTube channel. Of particular interest is The Donation Process video, which can be downloaded as an MP4 file here.
- Each month Gift of Life Michigan publishes the number of people waiting for an organ transplant, by organ. A similar document specific to multicultural communities is available upon request.
- 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.