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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 | April 15, 2021

Blue & Green Day highlights need for registered organ, tissue donors

Photo contest seeks creative expressions of support Ann Arbor, MI – Showing support for organ and tissue donation can be as easy as selecting which colors to wear or deciding how to dress up your…

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News | April 9, 2021

High school nonprofit group helps Gift of Life Michigan raise awareness and save lives

Grant funds will enhance education on organ and tissue donation Gift of Life Michigan will use $75,000 in donations from a student-led nonprofit organization to help bring awareness of organ and tissue donation to young…

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News | April 2, 2021

Virtual activities highlight National Donate Life Month

Gift of Life honors donors, recipients and volunteers who help save lives Rebecca Anderson has been able to watch her daughter get married, graduate from Michigan State University and earn a master’s degree. She’s traveled…

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News | April 1, 2021

Campus Challenge adds 164 to Michigan Organ Donor Registry

Student groups adapted in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic Thanks to the efforts of college students across Michigan, 164 new names were added to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. During the annual five-week Gift of…

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News | April 1, 2021

Daley resolution recognizes Donate Life Month in Michigan

State Senator encourages Michiganders to join Organ Donor Registry State. Sen. Kevin Daley (R-Lum) is once again taking up the cause of promoting organ and tissue donation. Daley, whose son donated his organs after he…

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News | March 11, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan urges legislature to approve HOPE Act

Legislation enables organ transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive patients Legislation introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives on March 11 could bring hope to patients living with HIV. State Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield Township)…

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News | January 28, 2021

Teen saves five lives through donation

‘We’re so, so grateful she made this choice,’ family says Montcalm, MI – Destini Cunliffe excelled at many things, but she is perhaps best known for her ability to make friends. The 18-year-old Montcalm woman’s…

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News | January 15, 2021

Gift of Life Michigan celebrates 50 years of saving lives

2020 was third consecutive year with record number of organ donors For the third consecutive year, Gift of Life Michigan has honored the generosity of a record number of organ donors, saving thousands of lives…

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News | December 21, 2020

Student group raises $75K for Gift of Life Foundation

‘Speak the Difference’ fundraiser caps year-long partnership with Key2Finesse Ann Arbor, MI – Key2Finesse, a student-led nonprofit organization, has generated $75,000 for the Gift o f Life Foundation through a year-long partnership. The Gift of…

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News | December 10, 2020

Legacy of hope: Gift of Life Michigan honors surgeon for sharing organ, tissue donation education with young doctors

Organ and tissue donors can leave a legacy of hope and healing and Dr. Harry Anderson wants to share that legacy throughout the community and across the county. Dr. Anderson, the medical director of the…

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News | December 9, 2020

Hurley Medical Center honored as Donor Hospital of the Year

Organ and tissue donation and transplantation is truly a team effort that requires collaboration between medical staff and transplant centers, along with the compassion and generosity of donors and donor families. The Hurley Medical Center…

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News | December 8, 2020

Gift of Life Michigan honors Henry Ford nurse with Champion Award

Ann Arbor, MI – Elise Pavlick believes education and communication are the keys to providing hope and healing for patients and their families. A nurse practitioner in the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at Henry Ford…

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News | December 4, 2020

Future health professionals add hundreds to Michigan Organ Donor Registry

Annual HOSA challenge pits students in friendly competition to register new donors Ann Arbor, MI – There are nearly 400 new organ and tissue donors registered in Michigan, thanks to the efforts of students across…

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News | November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving marks special anniversary for local family

Two years later, family celebrates heart transplant that saved Grand Ledge mom The Thanksgiving holiday will always hold a special place for Rachel Kuntzsch and her family. It was two years ago that a heart…

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News | November 23, 2020

Muskegon County ME honored for going above and beyond

Team effort, collaboration earn Dr. Joyce deJong 2020 Donation Champion Award Dr. Joyce deJong, the medical examiner for Muskegon, Ingham, Allegan and Kalamazoo counties, was honored by Gift of Life Michigan for her support of…

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News | November 19, 2020

Dr. Teresa Jacobs honored by Gift of Life Michigan

Few physicians have done more over the years to help fulfill the wishes of donors and their grieving families than Dr. Teresa Jacobs at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Jacobs, the director of the Neurological Intensive Care…

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News | November 18, 2020

Labor of love: Grand Rapids man honored for sharing heartfelt journey about organ donation

As a truck driver, Chad Milton has been on more journeys than he can probably count. Milton, a Grand Rapids resident, is being honored by Gift of Life Michigan for another type of journey, however,…

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News | November 17, 2020

Changing hearts, changing minds: Donation Champion Award marks improved collaboration with funeral home professionals

Funeral Home professionals and Organ Procurement Organizations can sometimes have a contentious relationship. Caring for and embalming organ and tissue donors can create extra work for funeral professionals or new challenges for funeral directors. That’s…

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News | November 16, 2020

West Branch couple honored for volunteer efforts

Gift of Life Michigan recognizes Donor Champions for outreach, advocacy Gift of Life Michigan relies on more than 350 volunteers across the state and few are as active or productive as Ward and Lydia Kimball…

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News | November 15, 2020

Innovative approach nets MFDA chief Champion Award From Gift of Life Michigan

‘It’s really part of our mission, too,’ says executive director Seven years ago, funeral directors across the state got together with representatives from Gift of Life Michigan to discuss challenges and improve their working relationship….

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