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Blog, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | October 7, 2022

Fenton couple draws on experience to promote organ donation

‘I wasn’t afraid of dying. There’s always hope,’ lung transplant recipient says Jesse and Carlee Ramirez almost didn’t find their happily-ever-after. Jesse, now 62, and…

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Patrick Price, a bearded Black man with glasses in a blue suit, stands in front of a birthday cake and smiles at the camera
Gift of LifeLines, Let's Talk, News | July 25, 2022

Saginaw man determined to regain health, mobility

Minorities often wait longer for organ transplants  Patrick Price is hoping he will one day receive a new kidney and return to the catering business…

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Blog, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | May 16, 2022

‘Organ donation was the right thing to do’

Muslim donor mom encourages conversation about organ and tissue donation Karim Khassouan lived a short, quiet life, and his spirit will carry on in the…

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Graphic if a very diverse crowed of people with Gift of Life logo and "Better Together" headline, rainbow colors and many shades of brown at the bottom
Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Let's Talk | April 25, 2022

Better Together

Diversity, equity and inclusion committee readies to launch initiatives after survey results  Already recognized as a Great Place to Work, Gift of Life Michigan is…

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Armond Baskin and his family. Armond is on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant.
Blog, Let's Talk | March 2, 2022

Flint man juggles work, family and kidney dialysis while waiting for a transplant

March is National Kidney Month Armond Baskin knew he had high blood pressure, but he didn’t know how serious it was. Diagnosed more than 20…

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Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Let's Talk | January 21, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Leader in the Lab

Nilam Patel helps team safely match donors with recipients in time to save lives.  Nilam and her colleagues in Gift of Life Michigan’s Laboratory are…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | December 11, 2021

Organ donation advocate works to break down myths

‘It has to stop because too many people are losing their lives,’ says donor mom Terra DeFoe encouraged her son, Emilio, to sign up as…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | November 9, 2021

‘It’s all in Divine order’

Aarolyn McCullough knew she would need a liver transplant more than 10 years before her miracle happened. Diagnosed in the late 1990s with Primary Biliary…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk | November 2, 2021

‘I don’t celebrate one birthday; I celebrate two’

Mustafa Sharafi always wanted to be a father. He was granted that wish more than three years ago, when his son Zain was born, and…

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Blog, Fifty for 50, Let's Talk | October 11, 2021

‘I wanted some good to come from it’

Muskegon mother marks two-year-anniversary of son’s death, organ donation Muskegon, MI – Amanda Garza has a printed version of the last text she received from…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | September 17, 2021

‘I felt brand new’

When Michael Love started to experience shortness of breath, the Southfield resident said he thought it’d be easy to treat. He was 50 years old…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | August 26, 2021

Two-time kidney recipient inspires others to lead healthier lives

One minute Oliver Hale was on top of the world, the next he was flat on his back. Hale, a Kentwood resident, had just won…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | August 19, 2021

Minorities face longer wait, tougher odds for organ donors

Jean Washington is now in a group that has far too many members: she’s waiting for a life-saving organ. Washington, 48, of Southfield, had been…

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One Voice, One Vision... To Save and Heal Lives
Let's Talk | August 3, 2021

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM), when we call attention to the gap between the number of organ donors and the number of African Americans,…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | February 5, 2021

Faith, family and friends help Canton mom triumph over hardship

Last year marked a new beginning for Keisha Dulin. The 41-year-old Canton resident is continuing to heal after receiving a new heart in 2020 –…

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