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Michigan sample driver's license with red heart donor symbol emphasized
Blog | April 13, 2023

Check Your Heart campaign aims to bolster Organ Donor Registry

Do you have a heart on your license or state ID?  Philip Perry and about 2,400 other patients in Michigan are so sick that they’re…

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Rev. Dr. Remonia Chapman is the director of community relations and family support for Gift of Life Michigan
Blog | April 13, 2023

Workplace partnerships expand our reach

Remonia Chapman is committed to community, relationships and finding new ways to advance the Donor Registry  Relationships are fueling a significant partnership initiative with some…

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Patrick Wells-O'Brien is the VP of communications and external relations
Blog, News | April 13, 2023

Proposed state bills would educate and register more donors

Check Your Heart Act would add donation question to income tax form  Patrick Wells-O’Brien spends a lot of time generating innovative ideas about how to…

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Nick Olden in scrubs next to the Donor Care Center mural at Gift of Life Michigan
Blog | April 13, 2023

Staff Spotlight: Michigan donors contribute to groundbreaking research

Nick Olden has one job and it’s pivotal: He finds ways for non-transplantable donated tissue and organs to help humanity through research.  Gift of Life…

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A researcher at the Leiber Institute studies a donated specimen.
Blog | April 13, 2023

Michigan donors help with important brain research

Unique partnership has the potential to improve millions of lives  The families of donors in Michigan are saying yes to research that could lead to…

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Tristan Johnson walking across the lacrosse field carrying his game gear
Blog, Stories of Hope | April 12, 2023

Grueling time on dialysis ends with ultimate gift

Organ donor saves star high school athlete who then literally pays it forward to help donation programs  A young donor saved two things most important…

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Many blue and green, rounded glass awards with black pedestals sit on a table waiting to be presented.
Blog | April 6, 2023

Gift of Life recognizes champions of organ, eye and tissue donation

Gift of Life is grateful to leaders in our community who champion our mission of honoring life through donation. Later this month the organization will…

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Remonia Chapman, Gift of Life's director of community relations and family support and director of Gift of Life MOTTEP, leads a team focused on multicultural outreach in the community.
Blog, Let's Talk | April 6, 2023

Organ donation awareness is key in multicultural communities

MOTTEP and Gift of Life Michigan balance disparities with outreach and information Dr. Jewel Mullen, the associate dean for health equity at the University of…

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State Representative Felicia Brabec, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, kidney patient Armond Baskin and his wife, Molly, stand in front of a Gift of Life Michigan / Check Your Heart banner after a press conference kicking off National Donate Life Month 2023.
Blog, News | April 5, 2023

Bill would add organ donor registry question to state income tax forms

If passed, Michigan would be the first in the nation to do so Key legislation introduced on March 24 would include an important question on…

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Aarolyn McCullough stands in front of Henry Ford Hospital, where she received her liver transplant in 2011.
Blog, Stories of Hope | March 29, 2023

Volunteer Spotlight: Liver transplant recipient dreams big

Volunteer wants to help transplant families with House of Hope for extended stays in Detroit  Aarolyn McCullough was inspired by one simple question: “Where can…

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Philip Perry holds up a sign highlighting that 95% of adults support organ donation but only 57% have signed up to be donors.
Blog, Stories of Hope | March 1, 2023

Monroe man raises awareness about organ donation while waiting for a new heart

Philip Perry is trying to stay busy and remain healthy – anything he can do to keep his mind off the fact that he needs…

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Emily Polet-Monterosso in the foreground, hiking toward a snowy mountain peak.
Blog | February 20, 2023

Kidney donor reaches new heights

Shelby Township woman saved a life, then took on Mounts Everest, Kilimanjaro Emily Polet-Monterosso got healthy so she could give a kidney to a stranger,…

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Sara Schmidt, who became an organ donor, hugs her mother, Donna Ternes
Blog | February 8, 2023

Michigan woman pens book about daughter, organ donation

“But God” chronicles difficult life that led to a decision to save others Sara Schmidt’s final act saved two lives. A registered organ and tissue…

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Vickie Figeroa stands in front of several pews and stained glass windows
Blog, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | February 3, 2023

Heart recipient adopts second mission: Advocating for organ, tissue donation

“I always tell people to sign up,” Grosse Pointe Woods woman says Vickie Figueroa makes her living ensuring that people of Black, Hispanic and Native…

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Two Black men at an information table sharing facts about organ donation
Blog, Gift of LifeLines | January 31, 2023

Don’t Let Misinformation About Organ Donation Affect Your Decisions

Don’t let misinformation about organ and tissue donation affect your decision to sign up as a donor and leave a legacy of kindness and generosity….

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