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Press Room

Welcome to Gift of Life Michigan’s Press Room! Let us know how we can help you with your news story. We’ve made recent statistics and facts about donation available below, as well as suggested terminology for your reports. Check out our latest news here.

Most importantly, we can help connect you with medical experts, transplant recipients and/or family members of organ and tissue donors to interview for your story.

Media Inquiries

Tim Makinen
Director of Communications
734-922-6055 (office) or 517-896-5780 (cell)





Betsy Miner-Swartz
Communications Manager
517-285-8628 (cell)

Donation and Transplant Terminology

  • As a matter of accuracy, clarity and respect for organ donors and their families, we would like to suggest to you that the word "harvest" is considered harsh and not completely accurate. Organ "recovery" is widely used nationwide.

  • Similarly, the phrase "deceased donor" is strongly preferred over "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" until the time of donation.


Donation Facts