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Two well-dressed women stand in front of "Check Your Heart" banner
Featured | April 15, 2022

Gift of Life Michigan launches ‘Check Your Heart’ campaign

One million new registered donors sought within three years
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Blog, Gift of LifeLines, News | April 27, 2022

Check Your Heart Rally at state capitol will advocate for action

Gift of Life Michigan and its partners, volunteers, donor families, and recipients are gathering in June at the state capitol building in Lansing to celebrate life and push for continued progress.  
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Gift of LifeLines, News | April 26, 2022

New legislation encourages family doctors to educate about organ and tissue donation

New legislation introduced in April will help Michigan family doctors and urgent care centers provide patients with information about organ, tissue and bone marrow donation.
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News | April 25, 2022

Donate Life Month encourages Michigan residents to sign up to be a donor

Gift of Life Michigan honors donors, recipients and volunteers during national observance April is National Donate Life Month, designed to raise awareness of the importance of registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor to save…

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Surgeon works on donor lungs inside the TransMedics machine
Blog, Gift of LifeLines, News | April 25, 2022

Breaking the time barrier: organ care system preserves lungs outside the body

Gift of Life is using a new organ care system that preserves lungs outside the body and extends the amount of time from surgical recovery to transplantation. The TransMedics system also reconditions marginally healthy lungs after they’re connected to the machine, making more lungs healthy enough to transplant. The result: More lungs available and improved quality of the organs for recipients. Without this system, donated lungs must be transplanted within six hours. In these cases, transplants were successful after seven hours. One set of lungs was preserved for 23 hours.
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Gift of LifeLines, News | April 25, 2022

Gift of Life Michigan honors champions of donation 

The fourth annual Champions Gala kicked off National Donate Life Month, with special tributes to the best of the best in Michigan’s donation and transplant community. Gift of Life Michigan honored 17 individuals, four partner organizations, and one hospital with 2022 Donation Champion awards, recognizing their extraordinary efforts to help fulfill the wishes of organ and tissue donors and their families. 
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Gift of LifeLines, News | April 22, 2022

Honoring Life

Gift of Life Foundation launches first annual appeal  As Gift of Life Michigan battles the ever-present transplant waiting list and strives to add one million names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, resources for critical…

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Two well-dressed women stand in front of "Check Your Heart" banner
News | April 15, 2022

Gift of Life Michigan launches ‘Check Your Heart’ campaign

One million new registered donors sought within three years
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Monitor showing organ function for lungs inside TransMedic machine
News | February 16, 2022

Breaking the time barrier: new system extends life, viability of donated lungs

Gift of Life Michigan is now using a TransMedics Organ Care System (OCS) that will prolong the life of donated lungs – and even help recondition them – increasing the probability of a successful donor match and improving long-term health for recipients. Clinical trials are also under way for similar technology that would be used for donated livers, hearts, and kidneys.
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News | February 14, 2022

‘I don’t take a single day for granted’

Lansing woman advocates for organ, tissue donation on National Donor Day
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Woman seated on couch holding white stuffed animal with sequin heart
Blog, Gift of LifeLines, News | January 21, 2022

“I never knew what it was like to feel normal”

Marcia Toda recently heard her daughter’s heart beating, still strong, in the chest of 31-year-old Lauren Herrera. The two women met recently at the Gift of Life Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
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Gift of LifeLines, News | January 21, 2022

Point of Pride: Gift of Life earns prestigious Great Place to Work distinction

Being certified as a Great Place to Work is always an honor, but we feel especially honored after navigating the challenges presented in 2021. The Great Places to Work distinction shows that we’ve been able to provide our employees with an environment that supports them and their commitment to our mission. We’re so proud of that!
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2021 Year-End Metrics
News | January 17, 2022

Record number of organ donors save lives in 2021

Organ and tissue donation trending up across the U.S.   Gift of Life Michigan again honored the generosity of a record number of organ donors in 2021, saving and healing thousands of lives despite the continuing…

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News | December 21, 2021

Governor signs HOPE Act into law

Legislation enables organ transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive patients   Ann Arbor, MI – The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act is now law in Michigan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the legislation in December,…

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News | December 17, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan certified as ‘Great Place to Work’

Gift of Life Michigan has been certified as a Great Place to Work, based on employee feedback from a survey in November. Based on the survey, 74 percent of employees indicated Gift of Life is…

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News | December 11, 2021

Annual HOSA Challenge sets records in effort to help patients on organ transplant waiting list

Future Health Professionals rally to increase number of Michigan organ and tissue donors   There are nearly 1,000 new organ and tissue donors registered in Michigan, thanks to the efforts of students across the state….

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Seeking nominations for Gift of Life Champions (logo graphic)
Blog, News | December 6, 2021

Seeking Gift of Life Champion Nominations

Gift of Life Michigan is once again looking to honor our partners throughout the state at our annual Champions Gala on Friday, April 1, 2022. We would not be as successful as we are without…

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News | November 23, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan celebrates 50 years of saving, improving lives

Technology, education, and outreach led to record-breaking growth In a year that has already seen three record-breaking months, Gift of Life Michigan is approaching another milestone: honoring the wishes of 10,000 organ donors during the…

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News | October 29, 2021

Volunteers create comfort for grieving families

More than 300 comfort blankets created during third annual event Dozens of volunteers, organ transplant recipients and members of donor families got together recently to create some warmth for newly grieving families. The Donate Life…

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News | October 29, 2021

Lansing marks day to honor young organ donor

May 31 will be recognized as Amaia Alysse Edmond Day after unanimous council vote   The legacy of a young girl from the Lansing community who donated her organs will live on, after the Lansing…

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Outline of Michigan, Gift of Life logo, HOPE ACT
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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