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Justin Shilling, who was killed at the Oxford High School shooting in November 2021 and became an organ and tissue donor
Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Stories of Hope | July 26, 2022

Mom helps Oxford High School students remember friend and classmate who saved six lives

Justin Shilling’s legacy as an organ and tissue donor is helping his mother navigate the depths of her grief. She wanted something for his 1,900…

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Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Stories of Hope | July 22, 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: Recipient launches charity, raises money in honor of 20th anniversary of her lung transplant

Ronda Harrison never thought she’d live to see 50.   Born with cystic fibrosis (CF), the Spring Lake woman said she always knew her life had…

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A woman standing in front of a red brick wall holding a framed photo of a young boy
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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Newborn baby wrapped in orange towel with headband
Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Stories of Hope | April 27, 2022

Born a hero

Jade Townsend spent a brief time on Earth and made a big difference Baby Jade came into the world with all odds against her and…

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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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Stories of Hope | November 30, 2021

Brother donates kidney to save older sibling

‘I’d do it again if I could, but you can only do it once’ When Ryan Miller needed a new kidney, there was a long…

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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, Stories of Hope | October 27, 2021

‘I will always aspire to make my hero, my donor, proud of me’

Battle Creek woman beats cancer, achieves dreams with donated tissue Kristen Main faced an impossible choice before she even turned 13 years old. She mentioned…

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Blog, Fifty for 50, Stories of Hope | October 20, 2021

‘I woke up, and I felt whole’

Donated tissue allows breast cancer survivor to quickly resume life, activity   With a history of breast cancer in her family, Sue Pilon was not…

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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, Stories of Hope | September 9, 2021

Heart Transplant Recipient Breaks Down Cultural Barriers

Sometimes, life throws you a curveball. Mohamed El-Souri knows this better than most people. The 18-year-old Dearborn resident was a healthy, active teen who fell…

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African American man in red chef uniform
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, Stories of Hope | August 20, 2021

‘I didn’t even know it was possible.’

Dominick Anastasi is back to playing catch and coaching his sons in basketball, baseball and football. He’s grateful for the experience, considering a year ago,…

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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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50 fo fifty, Her spirit is truly alive
Fifty for 50, Stories of Hope | August 18, 2021

‘She had a higher purpose’

There had been a shooting and his daughter, 7-year-old Amaia Edmond, was involved. Edmond said he barely remembers the frantic trip to Sparrow Hospital in…

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