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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February 14, 2023 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

National Donor Day

February 14 is not just Valentine’s Day – it is also National Donor Day!  Share Gift of Life’s posts on social media to encourage your friends and family to show a little love and register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

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Giving Warms the Heart: Donate Blood
February 14, 2023 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Blood Drive: National Donor Day

What better way to celebrate National Donor Day than to donate a pint of blood and save three lives?! Bonus: Zingerman’s is providing treats for everyone who donates. Make your appointment today!

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Mayor Ron Bacon, Hartley T. Heart (giant blue heart mascot) and Amy Bacon (heart transplant recipient) outdoors at the Capitol Rally in 2022.
February 15, 2023 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

East Lansing “Donate Life” Event

This event is a partnership with Mayor Ron Bacon of East Lansing to educate the community about how everyone can help save lives. Community members are invited to stop by during the event to learn about the organ and tissue donation process.

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BATL Axe Novi flyer - same details as in the event description
February 17, 2023 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Axe Throwing with the Michigan Donor Family Council

Support the Michigan Donor Family Council in their newest event, axe throwing! (No experience required, training will be offered.)

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Donate Life logo surrounded by flowers and bees
April 1, 2023 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month is marked by events around Michigan and the country to increase support for organ, eye and tissue donation.

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Creating Comfort Blanket Event save-the-date flyer
April 5, 2023 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Creating Comfort Blanket Events

In partnership with the Michigan Donor Family Council and the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, help us make no-sew fleece blankets for newly grieving donor families to share comfort and love for those who give the greatest gifts of all.

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Hartley, a blue heart mascot with green arms and legs, poses with a hockey stick
April 6, 2023 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Detroit Red Wings “Donate Life” Game

Join Gift of Life Michigan, the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan and other supporters at Little Caesars Arena. Tickets will be on sale soon; our fans will be able to sit together!

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Detroit Tigers logo and Donate Life Coalition of Michigan logo on background of baseballs with details about the game which are available in the event details.
August 25, 2023 7:10 pm to 10:00 pm

Detroit Tigers “Donate Life” Game

Join the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan for their annual Donate Life game night with the Detroit Tigers!

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Event Archives

Virtual Donate Life Day at the Zoo
Community | August 28, 2021 6:30 am to 8:45 am

Donate Life Day at the Zoo

Gift of Life is excited to announce that we are bringing the ZOO to YOU again this year! Join us to celebrate West Michigan organ and tissue donors, transplant recipients and community partners – VIRTUALLY!

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Promotional graphic for faith leaders roundtable discussion
Community | October 28, 2021 5:00 am to 6:00 am

Be a Light to Those Who Are Waiting

Join us for a virtual conversation with local faith leaders to inspire change and provide hope.

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| December 9, 2021 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Breathing Life Into Donation: an event for Respiratory Therapists

This 1.5 hour event for respiratory therapists will provide information and inspiration on the RT role in the organ donation process and donor management. Participants will hear a personal story from donor mother Kathleen Vogelsang, and learn more about the donation process from a family’s perspective.

The event will be held virtually through Airmeet. To RSVP please complete this form: https://bit.ly/BLintoDonation.  You will receive a link to the event via email.


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Campus Challenge logo
| January 27, 2022 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Gift of Life Campus Challenge

The Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge gives school rivalries and competitive spirit a new purpose by saving and healing lives. The program is simple, easy and free. Through this annual competition, college students across the state have inspired more than 40,000 people to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

  • During the five-week Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge, colleges and universities compete to see which school can sign up the most people to donate life.
  • Students, faculty and staff participate in the Campus Challenge through social media posts, newsletter articles, radio/TV interviews, etc.
  • Each participating school gets free digital resources.
  • Each school receives a unique link to the donor registry and receives a point every time someone uses that link to sign up as an organ donor. Scores are shown in real time on Gift of Life Michigan’s website.

Learn more and sign up for the 2022 Campus Challenge at golm.org/campus!

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Cartoon crowd with words above their head reading "What happens after I join the registry? Part 2"
Community, Continuing Education | February 16, 2022 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

What happens after I join the Donor Registry?

So you’ve signed up to become an organ and tissue donor. Now what? How do doctors know you are a donor? What makes someone eligible to donate? How are the donor’s organs matched with patients who need a transplant?

Join Tanya Smith, community outreach coordinator, as she speaks to Kimberly Uccellini from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to learn more about how a donor in Michigan is matched to someone on the national transplant waiting list.

Register to get a link by email, or catch this program on YouTube, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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colorful images of 2 heads overlapping, photos of 3 physicians overlayed
Continuing Education | March 17, 2022 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Kountz Callender Drew Transplant Symposium

Join us for this virtual event to expand your knowledge and be inspired!

Mental Health Matters in Transplantation: Healing of the Mind & Body

7.5 CEs are available for physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains.

  • $40 for physicians
  • $20 for nurses, social workers
  • $5 for chaplains, students
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Photo of woman at her desk smiling at the camera, left side includes Great Place to Work banner
Community | March 30, 2022 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Let’s Talk: Gift of Life is a (Certified!) Great Place to Work

#DYK Gift of Life Michigan recently became certified as a Great Place to Work? We’re going to chat with a new employee, a long-time employee, and the director of Human Resources to find out why!

Let’s Talk on Wednesday at 2:00 on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Learn more about career opportunities at our growing non-profit organization on our website.

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flower-covered wooden casket
Continuing Education | March 31, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Educational Forum for Funeral Service Professionals

Funeral professionals are invited to join us for a free educational and professional development event. Learn best practices, insight into the donation process, and opportunities for improved collaboration and communication to better serve families.

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Detroit Red Wings and Gift of Life Foundation logos
Community, National Donate Life Month | April 1, 2022 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Charity of the Game: Detroit Red Wings support the Gift of Life Foundation

Join the Gift of Life Foundation, in partnership with family and friends of donor Cody Baron, as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Ottawa Senators on Friday, April 1. It will be 6 years to the day since Cody gave the gift of life to others.

Buy tickets now!

Guests will have access to Heritage Hall and opportunities to win a Red Wings gift basket, a chance to view warm-ups from the penalty box and the ever-popular Zamboni ride-along.   Net proceeds from the Charity Hockey Game will benefit the Gift of Life Foundation. The funds raised will be used to support grieving donor families, as well as help transplant recipients with healthcare costs. Foundation programming also focuses on community education about organ, tissue and eye donation.   “We are always looking for new ways to connect with donor families, honor their loved ones, and spread the message of organ and tissue donation,” said Susan Rink, Chief of Philanthropy and Foundation Programs for the Gift of Life Foundation. “This partnership with Cody’s family and the Red Wings is special, and it will help a lot of people.”  Space is limited to 100 reserved tickets in the Gondola Deck.

Buy your tickets here: Detroit Red Wings vs Ottawa Senators

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Donate Life logo surrounded by flowers and bees
Community, National Donate Life Month | April 6, 2022 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

National Donate Life Living Donor Day

Today we celebrate the heroic, generous people who donate a part of themselves to others as living organ donors. Whether you gave a kidney, a lobe of your liver, or part of your lung – today we celebrate YOU!

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