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Featured | October 8, 2021

HOPE Act clears first Senate hurdle

Bill enabling organ transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive patients referred out of committee, headed for vote
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News | October 8, 2021

HOPE Act clears first Senate hurdle

Bill enabling organ transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive patients referred out of committee, headed for vote
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News | September 17, 2021

Spectrum Butterworth Hospital honored by Gift of Life Michigan

Grand Rapids facility, staff recognized for innovation, support of organ and tissue donation Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids was honored as the 2021 Donor Hospital of the Year by Gift of Life Michigan for…

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News | September 10, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan sees third consecutive month of record number of organ donors

For the third consecutive month, Gift of Life Michigan honored the wishes of a record number of organ donors, bringing hope for healing to the thousands of people still waiting for a life-saving organ. In…

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News | September 8, 2021

‘It’s become my mission’

Beats x Beers founder recognized for organ, tissue donation support and outreach Brandon Corder, a Flint native and founder of the Beats x Beers, is one of 13 individuals and three organizations honored recently by…

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News | September 7, 2021

Wayne County M.E. honored by Gift of Life Michigan

Champion Awards recognize organ, tissue donation supporters and innovators Dr. Carl Schmidt, chief medical examiner for Wayne County, is one of 13 individuals and three organizations honored recently by Gift of Life Michigan with a…

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News | September 3, 2021

‘Why wouldn’t I do that for another person?”

Flint McLaren nurse, kidney donor, honored as Donation Champion by Gift of Life Michigan Tonia Cole is so supportive of organ and tissue donation, she has the scar to prove it. A nurse in the…

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News | September 2, 2021

Student non-profit honored by Gift of Life Michigan

Key2Finesse raises $75,000 for youth education, signs up 114 new organ, tissue donors Key2Finesse, a non-profit organization founded by Metro Detroit high school students, was one of three organizations and 13 individuals honored by Gift…

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News | September 1, 2021

Pediatric Trauma Program manager recognized for support of organ, tissue donation

Valerie Canary, a Pediatric Trauma Program Manager at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, is one of 13 individuals and three organizations honored recently by Gift of Life Michigan with a 2021 Donation Champion Award….

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News | August 31, 2021

Ascension Borgess physician honored by Gift of Life Michigan

Dr. Jeffrey Wilt honored as Donation Champion for support of organ, tissue donation Dr. Jeffrey Wilt, medical director of critical care at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, was one of 13 individuals and three organizations…

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News | August 26, 2021

‘Simply, it saves lives’

Spectrum Critical Care Unit P.A. honored for support of organ, tissue donation Blair Cotton, a Physician Assistant in the Neurological Critical Care Unit at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, is one of 13 individuals…

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News | August 25, 2021

Ingrid Kelly honored by Gift of Life Michigan

Gifted storyteller recognized for sharing message of organ, tissue donation Ingrid Kelly, a reporter with FOX News Detroit, was one of 13 individuals and three organizations honored recently by Gift of Life Michigan with a…

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News | August 20, 2021

Huron Valley Ambulance honored by Gift of Life Michigan

First responders recognized for role in support of organ and tissue donation Huron Valley Ambulance was honored recently by Gift of Life Michigan for its dedication to honoring the generosity of organ and tissue donors…

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News | August 18, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan honors organ, tissue Donor Champions

Third annual recognition ceremony celebrates donation supporters and innovators Gift of Life Michigan has chosen 13 individuals, three organizations and one hospital to receive 2021 Donation Champion Awards to recognize their extraordinary efforts to help…

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News | August 17, 2021

National Minority Donor Awareness Month marks 25th year

Event promotes need for organ, tissue donors with ‘One voice, one vision to save and heal lives’ More than half the men, women and children waiting for a life-saving organ transplant are people of color,…

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News | July 9, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan to require staff to get COVID-19 vaccine

Michigan’s organ and tissue procurement program is taking precautions to protect staff, patients and the community Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, recently announced the organization would require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, beginning Sept….

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News | July 9, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan to require staff to get COVID-19 vaccine

Michigan’s organ and tissue procurement program is taking precautions to protect staff, patients and the community Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, recently announced the organization would require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff,…

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News | June 28, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan applauds Michigan House for HOPE Act approval

The Michigan House of Representatives recently brought hope to patients living with HIV with a unanimous approval of the HOPE Act. Now, the bill goes to the Michigan Senate. State Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield Township)…

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News | June 10, 2021

Flag-signing event launches Transplant Games of America

Annual event celebrates organ and tissue recipients, donors and donor families Livonia, MI – The Donate Life Transplant Games of America will be virtual again this year, but the fellowship participants feel continues to make…

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News | April 29, 2021

Ascension Borgess memorial tree offers permanent tribute to organ donors

Phil Laske remembers his brother, Joe, as a nice guy and jack of all trades. “He was very mechanically inclined,” said Phil, who works in the mailroom at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. “He fixed…

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News | April 22, 2021

Pediatric Transplant Week focuses on need for organ, tissue donors

Heart recipient offers hope to young patients Katy Rozman has a message for young transplant recipients or young people waiting for a new life-saving organ: you are not alone. “Sometimes all we need is someone…

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