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Donor Mother Teena Smith (left) and heart recipient Sharon Culbreath.
Featured | November 16, 2022

“It’s like I have a new family now”

Michigan woman meets son’s heart recipient Two years after her son died, Teena Smith heard his heart beating once again. Joseph Reaume died at 41 in 2020. Smith, along with Reaume’s three adult sons, agreed…

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News | February 22, 2013

Students inspire 2,287 Michigan residents to donate life

Wayne State and Siena Heights universities won the 10 annual Gift of Life Campus Challenge. Wayne State won for signing up the most new donors with 854. Siena Heights won for registering the most people…

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News | February 11, 2013

Record number of residents joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2012

More than a half million Michigan residents made the decision to be a hero to someone in need by joining the state’s organ donor registry in 2012. Those sign ups – a record – pushed…

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News | January 9, 2013

Record number join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2012

Michigan shattered a record as 524,418 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2012. That was 31 percent higher than the nearly 400,000 who did so in 2011, and it brings the state’s total…

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News | September 27, 2012

New campaign in Wayne County aims to increase donors and save lives

Gift of Life is trying to help Detroit and Wayne County close the gap between its great need for transplants and its low percentage of donors. A new PSA, Waiting to Live – Wayne County,…

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News | June 20, 2012

Governor signs Peace of Mind Registry

Gift of Life Michigan is applauding passage of the new Peace of Mind Registry, which will give citizens the opportunity to file their advance directives in a secure database that can be accessed by healthcare…

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News | March 22, 2012

Michigan Gets Donate Life License Plate

Gift of Life Michigan and its partners are celebrating a new specialty license plate and fund that promote organ, eye and tissue donation. Lt .Gov. Brian Calley signed the bill today giving the new plate…

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News | March 22, 2012

Michigan Gets Donate Life License Plate

Gift of Life Michigan and its partners are celebrating a new specialty license plate and fund that promote organ, eye and tissue donation. Lt .Gov. Brian Calley signed the bill today giving the new plate…

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News | February 28, 2012

Wayne State University and Calvin College Win Campus Challenge

Colleges and universities across Michigan motivated more than 3,400 residents to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry during the 2012 Campus Challenge. Wayne State registered the most with 1,133; Calvin College signed up the highest…

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News | January 26, 2012

Donor Registry has record year

A record number of people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2011, Gift of Life Michigan has announced. A total of 398,000 registered last year to someday donate their organs, eyes and tissue. That’s…

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News | October 28, 2011

Secretary of State Change Adds Thousands to Registry

Six months after Secretary of State Ruth Johnson launched her new campaign to sign up more organ donors, including a new policy directing branch office employees to ask customers if they would like to join…

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News | September 30, 2011

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson Receives Community Service Award

Please join us 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 29 for the first Donate Life Capitol Celebration on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing to promote organ, tissue and eye donation. Hundreds of recipients,…

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News | May 18, 2011

Donate Life Capitol Celebration

Please join us 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 29 for the first Donate Life Capitol Celebration on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing to promote organ, tissue and eye donation. Hundreds of recipients,…

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News | April 19, 2011

SOS Clerks Will Ask the Question

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has announced a new policy that directs clerks, when time permits, to ask customers if they would like to join the Donor Registry. Michigan ranks 45th in the nation in…

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News | February 25, 2011

MSU and Adrian Win Campus Challenge

Michigan State University and Adrian College have captured the Gift of Life Campus Challenge trophies. The annual organ donor drive involved 20 Michigan colleges and universities. MSU added the most names to the Michigan Organ…

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News | March 18, 2010

Gov. Jennifer Granholm signs law requiring organ donation be taught in driver’s education

Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a bill into law Thursday mandating organ and tissue donor education in driver’s education classes. The law takes effect immediately and will ensure that all driver’s ed instructors in Michigan teach…

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News | February 18, 2010

Gift of Life Campus Challenge nets more than 2,000 sign ups statewide

Congratulations to Eastern Michigan University with 405 donor registrations, and Siena Heights University, which registered 10.5 percent of its student population, for winning the 2010 Gift of Life Campus Challenge.

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News | February 1, 2010

Statewide registration drive nets 319,000 new organ donors in 2010

Gift of Life Michigan and its partners added a record 319,000 new names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2010. That’s 33 percent more sign-ups than in 2009, and it means more lives will…

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News | December 14, 2009

DONOR Logo Becomes Permanent

Secretary of State customers who are signed up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry will have the red donor/heart logo printed on their standard driver’s license or State ID.

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