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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 | November 12, 2020

Gift of Life HOSA Challenge brings students together to register organ and tissue donors

Tristan Johnson said he constantly felt fatigued during his freshman year in high school. He no longer had the energy to get together with his friends or play his favorite sport, lacrosse. He didn’t learn…

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News | November 11, 2020

DeFoe honored as Multicultural Difference Maker

‘It’s about educating the community,’ senior advisor to Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit, MI – Terra DeFoe, a senior advisor for Det roit Mayor Mike Duggan, was honored by Gift of Life Michigan for her…

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News | November 5, 2020

Lansing’s WLNS wins Donation Storyteller Award

Lansing, MI – Storytelling can be powerful way to share benefits of organ and tissue donation by helping audiences understand the good that can come from great tragedy, and they often inspire people to register…

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News | November 5, 2020

‘A second chance at life is exactly what she got’

Flat Rock teen marks 16th anniversary of liver transplant Today, Shannon and Frank Hamet are celebrating their “little miracle.” Nov. 5 is not Marisa, their 17-year-old daughter’s, birthday but it marks the 16th anniversary of…

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News | November 4, 2020

Advocacy, passion make Sinai Grace nurse a Donation Champion

Gift of Life Michigan honors ICU nurse manager for organ, tissue donation education Wendy Lavin is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of her patients and spreading the legacy of hope. Lavin, manager…

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News | November 3, 2020

From tragedy to hope: chaplain brings light to families in dark times

Gift of Life Michigan honors Holland resident as Donation Champion As a hospital chaplain, Cindi Veldheer DeYoung is frequently with families at their darkest hour. Working in the Intensive Care Unit at Spectrum Health Butterworth…

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News | November 2, 2020

‘The best part of my day’

Beaumont nurse honored by Gift of Life Michigan as Donation Champion When Jennifer Fogarty first volunteered to take on the role of transplant nurse outreach coordinator at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, it was a four-hour…

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News | October 30, 2020

Gift of Life Michigan honors Wayne State University student group

Education, advocacy of organ donation brings Champion Award to Campus Challenge winners Detroit, MI – For the past nine years, students at Wayne State University have won the annual Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge…

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News | October 29, 2020

Gift of Life Michigan honors Charlevoix woman for work with donor families

‘For me, it’s being able to offer hope,’ says SWAT team leader Kathi St. Pierre does everything in her power to make sure organ and tissue donors are treated with the respect and honor they…

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News | October 28, 2020

Secretary of State manager honored as Donation Champion

Shepherd woman took organ, tissue donation message across Michigan Kelly Davis is not able to promote organ and tissue donation around the State of Michigan as much as she used to, but she still believes…

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News | October 26, 2020

Kalamazoo physician honored as Donation Champion by Gift of Life Michigan

Kalamazoo, MI – Dr. Robert Beck has helped save and improve the lives of thousands of people he’ll never meet. Beck, 64, of Kalamazoo, is one of 15 individuals and three hospitals statewide to be…

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News | October 23, 2020

Gift of Life Michigan to host Business Roundtable on Health

Event to address health disparities, provide resources to sustain a healthier workforce Businesses can have a significant impact on the health and wellness of their employees and the communities they serve. That’s why Gift of…

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News | October 22, 2020

Advice from kidney recipient: ‘Don’t give up hope’

‘Always believe in yourself,’ Saginaw resident says Saginaw, MI – Joey Hunt has some advice for anyone waiting for a new organ: don’t lose faith. “You have to believe in yourself and put yourself first…

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News | October 8, 2020

Symposium to address organ donation, health disparities

Gift of Life, MOTTEP, Michigan Medicine team up on virtual event Ann Arbor, MI – Top medical and organ transplant professionals will get together this week to discuss healthcare disparities in minority populations and the…

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News | October 2, 2020

Gift of Life Michigan honors National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month offers an opportunity to celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx people and to highlight issues they face today. It runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 every year, recognizing…

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News | October 2, 2020

Gift of Life Michigan wins two Pinnacle Awards

Multicultural outreach projects earn top honors from Donate Life America Ann Arbor, MI – Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s federally designated organ procurement organization, has been nationally recognized for two initiatives designed to increase…

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News | August 24, 2020

Donate Life Day at the Zoo goes virtual

Grand Rapids, MI – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gift of Life Michigan could not host its annual Donate Life Day at the Zoo at the John Ball Zoo. Instead, Gift of Life is bringing…

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News | August 20, 2020

‘I felt brand new’

Double-lung recipient celebrates life, helps others on the transplant journey When Michael Love started to experience shortness of breath, the Southfield resident said he thought it’d be easy to treat. He was 50 years old…

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News | August 19, 2020

Donated liver helps Sterling Heights man achieve his dream

‘I want to let everyone who struggles from all chronic diseases or illnesses know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel’ Mustafa Sharafi always wanted to be a father. Granted that…

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News | August 19, 2020

‘Her spirit is truly alive’’

Liver recipient, donor family celebrate 10 years of new life, advocacy Mike Lopez has always relied on his faith to get through difficult times. His faith helped him 11 years ago, when a routine visit…

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