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Gift of Life Michigan is seeking nominations for organ and tissue donation champions.

We're looking for Donation Champions!

Wed, March 03, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan wants to honor those who make a significant impact in the donation and transplant community, and we need your help.

Stephen May, a tissue donor, lived by the phrase 'Everybody Love Everybody'

Teen leaves legacy of kindness, faith and healing

Fri, February 26, 2021

Stephen May had three words that he lived by: Everybody Love Everybody.

He initially took it from the 2008 Will Ferrell movie Semi- Pro, but he fully adopted it into his life at Rockford High School, with the sports teams he played on and in the youth leagues where he served as a referee.

Kay Walters will celebrate 24 years with a donated heart this year.

Donated heart grants Lansing woman 24 years of added life, and counting

Fri, February 19, 2021

Kay Walters just celebrated her 70th birthday. Later this year, she’ll mark an even more significant milestone: her 24th year living with a donated heart.

“I can’t believe I’m this old,” she said with a laugh. “No one would ever believe that I was 70, that I would get to it.”

Marty Townsend was able to donate his organs and tissue.

Decision to donate is a ‘silver lining’ for Michigan family

Fri, February 12, 2021

‘It’s been the thing that’s kept me going,’ daughter says


Marty Townsend never met a stranger.

Covid-19 update for organ and tissue donation

Patients who recover from Covid-19 can still donate organs, tissue

Thu, February 11, 2021

The medical community continues to learn more about the 2019 SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, and that could bring renewed hope for the thousands of people waiting for a new life-saving organ.

Keisha Dulin

Faith, family and friends help Canton mom triumph over hardship

Fri, February 05, 2021

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 – after four years waiting for a new one.

“I am just so grateful every day,” she said. “I stay faithful.”

Bobby Ramos

'My son. My Bobby. My hero.'

Fri, January 29, 2021

Robert “Bobby” Ramos was a hard worker with a creative side.

“He was always doing something creative,” his father, Robert, said of his son, who died at the age of 23 from a head injury after he fell from a ladder. “If he wasn’t playing his guitar, he was reading, he was writing, he was drawing.”

Kidney transplant allows teen to graduate high school

Sun, January 24, 2021

Last year, Acacia Walter-Rooks accomplished something she wasn’t sure she’d be able to do: graduate high school.

Now a freshman at Calvin University, Walter-Rooks had both of her kidneys removed when she was a child and navigated school and dialysis treatments until a kidney transplant saved her life in 2016. 

Gift of Life Michigan is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year

Gift of Life Michigan launches #50for50 campaign to honor anniversary

Fri, January 15, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan is celebrating a milestone this year: the 50th anniversary of our founding.