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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…

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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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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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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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Stories of Hope | August 13, 2021

Da’Kota Washington’s Legacy of Giving

Da’Kota Washington was born by C-section in August, and her placenta was the first to be donated as part of Arizona’s new program giving moms…

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Fifty for 50, Stories of Hope | August 3, 2021

Brotherly love: donated kidney provides second chance at life

Earl James has some advice for men who are inclined to ignore the typical aches and pains that come with age: ignore them at your peril. James…

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Fifty for 50, Stories of Hope | August 3, 2021

‘His heart is still beating; it’s beating for someone else’

Alex-Michael Springer had his future ahead of him, and things were looking good. The 24-year-old Paw Paw resident was expecting a child and had just…

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