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Gift of Life Michigan Blog

Gift of Life Michigan takes steps to protect staff, community during coronavirus outbreak

Fri, March 13, 2020

Updated: 3/17/2020

In the wake of the rapid spread of the new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, Gift of Life Michigan has taken steps to help protect patients, our staff and the communities we serve.

National Kidney Month: minority donor numbers increasing, but more outreach needed

Tue, March 10, 2020

Although National Kidney Month is traditionally set aside to raise awareness of kidney disease and ways to lower risk factors, it also serves as an important reminder of the need for organ donors in the State of Michigan, particularly among the minority population.

Black History Month: Salute to Dr. Clive Callender

Fri, February 28, 2020

Dr. Clive Callender has made educating and empowering people his life’s work.

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.