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Angel wings mural in downtown Bay City in support of Gift of Life Michigan
Blog | July 12, 2024

Raising the wings of awareness

For years Brad Gohr watched as his mother, Charmaine Neymeiyer, battled Autoimmune Hepatitis, a disease that slowly attacked her liver. After years of her health…

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Dorrie Dils is president and CEO of Gift of Life Michigan
News | June 26, 2024

AOPO Names 2024-2025 President and Board of Directors

OPO Leaders Elected to Champion Organ Donation Mission Today, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) announced the appointment of its new President and the…

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Guests enjoyed free Dippin' Dots ice cream at Donate Life Night at the Zoo
News | June 25, 2024

Donate Life Night at John Ball Zoo honors those impacted by organ and tissue donation

Registration still open to this free event Gift of Life Michigan’s largest West Michigan event honoring organ, eye and tissue donation returns 6-9 p.m. Thursday,…

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Donor families in the March of Honor at the 2024 Check Your Heart Capitol Rally
News | June 13, 2024

Check Your Heart Rally in Lansing focuses on educating the next generation

Hundreds gather in support of organ, eye and tissue donation   More than 400 people from across Michigan gathered outside the state Capitol building in Lansing…

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sunset colors and a cross
Blog | June 11, 2024

Can Catholics Donate Organs?

The tenets of the Catholic faith are something many adhere to. But at times, these tenets can raise questions from those in the faith. One…

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Group of patients waiting for organ transplants carrying a banner reading "Waiting to Live" along the Capitol sidewalk
News | June 10, 2024

Check Your Heart Rally at State Capitol encourages next generation to donate life

Hundreds expected in support of organ, eye and tissue donation on June 12 Hundreds of organ, eye and tissue donation supporters are expected to join…

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May was a record month with 197 tissue donors
News | June 5, 2024

Gift of Life Michigan has record-breaking month

197 people gave tissue in May to heal patients in need May was a record-breaking month for the state’s organ and tissue donation program, thanks…

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Gift of life. two hands holding kidneys.
Blog | June 5, 2024

Long-term Effects of Kidney Donation

The decision to donate a kidney as a living donor should not be taken lightly, as it may come with potential long-term consequences like any…

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surgery room
Blog | June 3, 2024

Will Doctors Still Save my Life if I’m a Registered Organ Donor?

There are many myths associated with the medical profession. One of the most common misconceptions is that doctors won’t act fast to save someone’s life…

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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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Anna Malnar with her mother, Patricia Laughlin. Patricia became an organ, eye and tissue donor after her passing.
Blog | May 10, 2024

A Mother’s Gift

In December 2023, Patricia Laughlin was diagnosed with PCP pneumonia. Patricia had previously been diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis in 2017, a neuromuscular disorder that takes…

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The Oxley family
Blog | May 10, 2024

Superheroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

Robbie Oxley loved superheroes. On Sept. 19, 2020, the 6-year-old became one. Robbie was left brain dead after a tragic accident near his home two…

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David Rozelle, heart transplant recipient
Blog, LifeLines, Stories of Hope | April 17, 2024

Transplant Throwback: David Rozelle

Name: David Rozelle Age: 86 Home: Kalamazoo, Michigan Transplant: Heart Why did you need a transplant and when did it happen? I had a serious…

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Blog, LifeLines | April 17, 2024

First-person authorization: What it is and how it works

Your decision to someday help others through donation cannot be overruled by anyone else A majority (57%) of adults in Michigan are registered organ and…

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Munson Medical Center sent nearly 50 people to the Champions Gala
Blog, LifeLines | April 17, 2024

Champions Gala recognizes leaders

Congratulations to the more than 20 people and organizations recognized this year for their extraordinary efforts to promote organ, eye and tissue donation in Michigan….

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