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In memoriam: Jeremiah Turcotte, M.D.

Wed, February 26, 2020

The medical and transplant community is mourning the recent loss of Jeremiah Turcotte, M.D.

Dr. Turcotte was a trailblazer in the field of organ donation and transplantation, recognized across the country as a visionary leader. He passed on Feb. 12, 2020, at the age of 87.

2019: a year of advancements and success

Tue, January 21, 2020

Advances in technology and continued expansion of the Organ Donor Registry helped Gift of Life Michigan – and organ procurement organizations across the country – save more lives than ever in 2019.

In Michigan, 341 patients donated organs and 1,598 donated tissue last year. Both are increases from 2018 and signify the sixth consecutive year of increased donation. In total, 1,056 organs were transplanted.

Gift of Life Michigan honors donors during Tournament of Roses Parade

Mon, December 30, 2019

The Donate Life float will once again have a special meaning for many people who take part in or watch the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day.

Transplant community works together to improve efficiencies

Mon, December 23, 2019

The transplant community is continually working to solve a complex equation that involves time, distance and patient-donor compatibility to improve care and save lives. A lot of that work on increasing efficiencies takes place behind the scenes.

Gift of Life Michigan welcomes Secretary of State

Mon, December 16, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson stopped by Gift of Life Michigan recently to reaffirm the partnership between the two organizations and set some lofty goals for the future.

Attending Gift of Life’s year-end staff meeting, Benson said she was pleased with efforts to sign up new donors to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, and added she would love to see 100 percent participation during her time in office.  

Who we are and what we do: the organ donation process at Gift of Life Michigan

Tue, November 26, 2019

Gift of Life Michigan was founded nearly 50 years ago, but we still get common questions about who we are, what we do and how organ and tissue donation works.

Those unfamiliar with the history of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization can get that information here.

Gift of Life, faith leaders discuss organ and tissue donation

Wed, November 13, 2019

Gift of Life Michigan and the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit hosted an Organ Donation Across the Faith Traditions discussion recently, where several local religious leaders provided their perspective on the topic.

Brain death explained

Tue, October 22, 2019

There have been several stories in the news recently about hospitalized patients being pronounced brain dead. Some of those stories (and the comments on them) were confusing - and even misleading - the public about what brain death means.

Young transplant recipient and family vow to pay forward their gift

Wed, October 09, 2019

Editor's Note: We are devastated to learn that Zahraa passed away on November 14, 2019. To her family and many friends: you are in our thoughts. We grieve with you. We have created this video in Zahraa's memory. 

Talking to your family about organ, tissue and eye donation

Tue, July 30, 2019

Talking about death can be uncomfortable.

Most people don’t like to think about their own mortality. But death is part of life, and if we want to talk about organ and tissue donation, we need to acknowledge that life will end for all of us some day.

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