Gift of Life Michigan is proud to organize and promote a variety of events aimed at encouraging organ and tissue donation in Michigan and across the country. In addition, we often support community events through giveaways, info tables, and volunteer or staff speakers. To request assistance with your event please click the "Contact Us" link below.

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Hartley, the Gift of Life Michigan mascot, gives a high five to a member of Bobby's Rockers at the finish line at LIFE Walk/Run 2023.
Community | July 27 @7:30 am - 11:00 am

LIFE Walk/Run

Michigan’s largest gathering of donor families, living donors, transplant recipients, medical staff and other supporters is an event you just do not want to miss! Join us for fun, music, dancing, food, a health fair, and the 10K or 5K run or a 5K (3.1 mile) walk around beautiful Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.

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Gift of Life Michigan President and CEO Dorrie Dils with other supporters of organ, eye and tissue donation on the field at Comerica Park
Community | August 2 @6:40 pm - 10:00 pm

Donate Life Night at the Detroit Tigers

Join our partners at the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan and many Gift of Life staff and volunteers for a fun night at Comerica Park promoting organ, eye and tissue donation!

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Betsy Miner-Swartz shows the donor tribute mural to a group at Gift of Life
Community | August 13 @2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Check Your Heart Open House

Please join us for our annual Community Open House. Our doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with a brief program starting promptly at 2:15 p.m.

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flower-covered wooden casket
Continuing Education | October 9 @9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Educational Forum for Funeral Professionals and MEIs

Funeral professionals and Medical Examiner Investigators from across the state will gather to learn about innovations and best practices in working with donors and their families.

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Paddles for a Purpose
Community | November 23 - November 24

Paddles for a Purpose

Four Michigan pickleball players will attempt to set a new Guiness World Record by completing 30 hours of consecutive pickleball play.

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Guests enjoyed free Dippin' Dots ice cream at Donate Life Night at the Zoo
Community | July 18 @6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Donate Life Night at the Zoo

Join us at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for a fun night with the animals and hundreds of donation and transplant supporters!

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Talks and Takeout with Covenant Medical Center
Community | June 17 @11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Talks and Takeout

A conversation about giving love and life through organ donation in partnership with Covenant Medical Center.

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Check Your Heart Capitol Rally on June 12, 2024
Community | June 12 @11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Check Your Heart Capitol Rally

Join hundreds of organ, eye and tissue donation supporters at the State Capitol in Lansing to encourage legislators to pass laws supportive of donation and transplant! Hear inspiring speakers, visit our partners’ info booths, and enjoy lunch with us.

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A panel of presenters listens to a question from the audience at the 2023 Inspiring Champions Symposium
Continuing Education | May 16 @9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Inspiring Champions Symposium

Donation Innovation: Saving Lives Beyond the Ordinary

Join us for a hybrid event to bring together nurse champions to support organ, eye and tissue donation. 
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Nurse Donation Champions Council
Continuing Education | April 30 @9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Nurse Donation Champions Council

The Nurse Donation Champion Council is a new program at Gift of Life Michigan designed to recognize and capture the expertise of nursing leadership on topics related to organ and tissue donation. Apply today to join!

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Youth Fun Night flyer, in a graphic novel design
Community | April 23 @6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Family Fun Night at Fun ZoneZ

Family Fun Night is an event during National Pediatric Transplant Week for youth who have been impacted by organ, eye, and tissue donation to mingle and meet others who have similar stories and experiences.


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Many blue and green, rounded glass awards with black pedestals sit on a table waiting to be presented.
Community, National Donate Life Month | April 4 @6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Champions Gala

The annual Champions Gala has recognized more than 100 people and organizations supporting organ, eye and tissue donation at the highest level in Michigan since the event began in 2019.

The awards represent every aspect of the donation process from efforts to grow the Michigan Organ Donor Registry to incredible work at schools, hospitals, transplant centers and more.

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Gift of Life Michigan staff, board members, volunteers and other supporters enjoying a moment on the ice after a Red Wings game in 2023.
Community | March 21 @7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Detroit Red Wings Charity of the Game

Join other Gift of Life Michigan supporters for a fun evening with the Detroit Red Wings as they take on the New York Islanders! We’ll be in the upper gondola section, and you just might recognize someone riding the Zamboni between periods.

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The Kountz Callendar Drew Transplant Symposium is a great opportunity to earn CEUs.
Continuing Education | March 13 @8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Kountz Callender Drew Transplant Symposium

Gift of Life MOTTEP is partnering with Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit to host an educational, inspiring day for medical professionals, chaplains, social workers, funeral professionals and others interested in end-of-life care and organ, tissue and eye donation. This year’s theme is: Mind Matters: Exploring the Intersection of Mental Health, Physical Health, and Organ Donation.

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Campus Challenge logo
Community | January 25 - February 29

Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge

The Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge is a friendly competition to see which colleges and universities can sign up the most people to donate life.

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