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How to become an organ donor. SewCream. Gift of life Michigan
Featured | June 29, 2022

How to become an Organ Donor

Did you know that more than 106,000 Americans are currently on the organ transplant waiting list? For everyone who decides to become an organ donor, up to 75 individual lives can be dramatically improved– think…

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How to become an organ donor. SewCream. Gift of life Michigan
Blog | June 29, 2022

How to become an Organ Donor

Did you know that more than 106,000 Americans are currently on the organ transplant waiting list? For everyone who decides to become an organ donor, up to 75 individual lives can be dramatically improved– think…

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organ donor facts
Blog | June 8, 2022

5 Quick Facts About Organ Donation

Each day, people enter hospitals in dire need of organ transplants. These people need more than medication or surgery to recover from their conditions – they require organ transplants to survive. With the demand for…

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A woman standing in front of a red brick wall holding a framed photo of a young boy
Blog, Stories of Hope | May 16, 2022

‘Organ donation was the right thing to do’

Muslim donor mom encourages conversation about organ and tissue donation: “We need to talk about it,” Nameer said. “You’re doing the most honorable thing in the world. You’re giving life to someone.”
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Check Your Heart Capitol Rally with image of Michigan Capitol Building
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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Newborn baby wrapped in orange towel with headband
Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Stories of Hope | April 27, 2022

Born a hero

Jade Townsend spent a brief time on Earth and made a big difference Baby Jade came into the world with all odds against her and left with a legacy that now defines her. She lived…

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Female doctor holding open chart looking at the camera
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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National Donate Life Month logo
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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Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Let's Talk | April 25, 2022

Better Together

Already recognized as a Great Place to Work, Gift of Life Michigan is taking steps to become even better.   The organization’s Better Together work group, which focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion, conducted a survey recently in which nearly half of Gift of Life’s staff submitted feedback about what they wanted to learn from the group.   
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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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Blog, Gift of LifeLines | April 22, 2022

Facebook Fundraisers are an easy way to support our mission and transplant recipients in need

One of the easiest ways to help the Gift of Life Foundation is with a Facebook Fundraiser for your birthday, or in honor or memory of a friend or family member.   It’s simple to set…

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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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Blog, Gift of LifeLines | April 22, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Tragedies and legacies

Autumn Harris guides families in crisis as their loved ones save and transform lives. The young wife of a dying man asks his nurse about organ donation and Autumn Harris is right there with answers…

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Blog | April 22, 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: Remembering Kenton Kurth

Volunteer honored posthumously for work with Gift of Life Michigan Kenton Kurth never met a stranger. “He never met anyone he didn’t like, and I don’t think anyone didn’t like him,” said Sarah Kurth, his…

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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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Blog | April 7, 2022

‘It gave him eight good years with his loved ones’

Goodrich woman donated kidney to long-time family friend Goodrich, MI – With an act of incredible generosity and kindness, Lynette Bailey gave a long-time family friend the most precious gift of all: time. Lynette, now…

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Blog | March 29, 2022

Gift of Life Michigan Introduces Chief Mascot

Gift of Life Michigan welcomes Hartley T. Heart. Hartley is Gift of Life Michigan’s newest employee, providing a light-hearted (pun intended) opportunity to engage people in a life-saving message. Hartley was designed as a fun…

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Armond Baskin and his family. Armond is on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant.
Blog, Let's Talk | March 2, 2022

Flint man juggles work, family and kidney dialysis while waiting for a transplant

March is National Kidney Month Armond Baskin knew he had high blood pressure, but he didn’t know how serious it was. Diagnosed more than 20 years ago, the Flint man, now 40, thought he was…

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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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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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Uncategorized | January 21, 2022

Gift of Life Michigan earns top national awards for three community outreach programs

Gift of Life Michigan was thrilled to receive three Pinnacle Awards from Donate Life America in 2021 for some of the best community outreach programs in the nation.
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Gift of LifeLines | January 21, 2022

Volunteer Spotlight: Scott Campbell shares message of hope after 2nd heart transplant

“All I want to do is volunteer and help out,” advocate says.   Scott Campbell never let his condition slow him down – even after his second heart transplant. Born with self-corrected transposition of the…

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Blog, Gift of LifeLines, Let's Talk | January 21, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Leader in the Lab

Nilam Patel and her colleagues in Gift of Life Michigan’s Laboratory are medical matchmakers in the intricate organ donation process that transpires over a series of days and ends with lives saved. 
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Two men and a woman with their arms around each other in front of a diner
Blog, Gift of LifeLines | January 21, 2022

Foundation Focus: Hockey with Heart

Anyone who knew Cody Baron would expect to see his picture beside the words ‘selfless’ and ‘generous’ in the dictionary.   “He lived each of his days with joy, laughter, and vigor,” said his mother, Wendy…

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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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All of Us brochure with 2 teens' photos
Blog, Gift of LifeLines | January 21, 2022

All of Us high school education program wins coveted Pinnacle Award from Donate Life America

Gift of Life Michigan provides inspiring, educational presentations about organ and tissue donation to high school students across the state through the award-winning program, All of Us.
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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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Blog | January 17, 2022

‘You have to live like your donor is watching you’

Liver recipient turns miracle into advocacy After a liver transplant saved his life, Tim Davidson felt a responsibility to give back to the community and help others in his situation. “You have to live a…

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Man and woman with arms raised and mountains in the background
Blog | January 10, 2022

The Greatest Heart Hug

Erin Krause submitted this thoughtful remembrance on Facebook over the holidays; we’re sharing it here with her permission in hopes it brings comfort to donor families and hope to those who are awaiting a second…

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Blog, Fifty for 50 | December 23, 2021

Caledonia man shares message of hope after 2nd heart transplant

‘All I want to do is volunteer and help out,’ advocate says   Scott Campbell never let his condition slow him down – even after his second heart transplant. Born with self-corrected transposition of the…

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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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Blog, Fifty for 50 | December 20, 2021

‘Mary’s spirit will always live on, and it’s a beautiful thing’

Chad Milton knows the spirit of his late wife lives on – he’s even heard proof. A traffic accident claimed Mary Milton in 2016, shortly after the 43-year-old left their home to go to the…

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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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Blog, Fifty for 50 | December 17, 2021

Heart transplant provides new lease, perspective on life

When Michael Collier says he’s in better shape now than he was more than 20 years ago, it’s easy to believe him. Nearly 11 years ago, a heart transplant saved his life and gave him…

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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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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | December 11, 2021

Organ donation advocate works to break down myths

‘It has to stop because too many people are losing their lives,’ says donor mom Terra DeFoe encouraged her son, Emilio, to sign up as an organ donor when he turned 18. Little did she…

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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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Stories of Hope | November 30, 2021

Brother donates kidney to save older sibling

‘I’d do it again if I could, but you can only do it once’ When Ryan Miller needed a new kidney, there was a long line of people willing to donate one – including his…

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Blog, Fifty for 50 | November 24, 2021

Promise kept: Ann Arbor man advocates for organ donation two decades after receiving new liver from murder victim

Organ donation helps two families heal, grow and bond Twenty years ago, Dr. Michael Hagan was living on borrowed time. Hagan, now 71, knew he was ill, he just didn’t know how ill. He knew…

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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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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Gift of Life CEO Dorrie Dils, Assistant Secretary of State Heaster Wheeler with framed tribute
Fifty for 50 | November 12, 2021

50 Years of Partnership in Honoring Life Through Donation

More than 95 percent of people on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry signed up to donate life while they were getting (or renewing) their driver’s license or state ID. Our incredible partners at the Michigan…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk, Stories of Hope | November 9, 2021

‘It’s all in Divine order’

Aarolyn McCullough knew she would need a liver transplant more than 10 years before her miracle happened. Diagnosed in the late 1990s with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, a disease that attacks the bile ducts in the…

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Fifty for 50, Let's Talk | November 2, 2021

‘I don’t celebrate one birthday; I celebrate two’

Mustafa Sharafi always wanted to be a father. He was granted that wish more than three years ago, when his son Zain was born, and said he has been grateful every day since. “To have…

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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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Blog, Fifty for 50 | October 29, 2021

‘This community has really touched my heart’

Commerce Township woman finds passion in organ, tissue donation advocacy A desire to help others has turned into a life passion for Cathy Warren. Warren, 57, of Commerce Township, started working for the Donate Life…

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Fifty for 50, Stories of Hope | October 27, 2021

‘I will always aspire to make my hero, my donor, proud of me’

Battle Creek woman beats cancer, achieves dreams with donated tissue Kristen Main faced an impossible choice before she even turned 13 years old. She mentioned a strange lump on her arm to her doctor during…

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Blog, Fifty for 50 | October 22, 2021

Donated heart grants Highland Township man 11,520 extra days

A lot of people called Jim Pixley ‘the Miracle Man,’ because of all the things he went through and everything he accomplished. Pixley, of Highland Township, passed away on April 28, 2020 at the age…

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Blog, Fifty for 50, Stories of Hope | October 20, 2021

‘I woke up, and I felt whole’

Donated tissue allows breast cancer survivor to quickly resume life, activity   With a history of breast cancer in her family, Sue Pilon was not about to take chances when she was diagnosed with the…

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