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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 | 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 | 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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Gift of LifeLines, 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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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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