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Baby Jade came into the world with all odds against her and left with a legacy that now defines her. She lived for just 55 minutes. In that short lifetime, Jade touched hundreds of people with her story and her gifts of life-saving heart valves and tissue for healing and research. Her mom and dad, Allison and Nick Townsend, learned at 26 weeks gestation that their first baby had an extra chromosome and would not survive long after her birth — if she made it that far.
Latinx, Remembrance, Stories of Hope
Jessica Koperski may be gone, but her heart is still beating and her legacy of generosity lives on.
Her mother, Marcia Toda, knows this for a fact. Jessica was only 35 when she died in an automobile accident in 2020 but, more than a year later, Toda heard her daughter’s heart beating, still strong, in the chest of 31-year-old Lauren Herrera.
The women met recently at the Gift of Life Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. “It was such an amazing thing, to hear her heart again,” said Toda, who traveled from Lakeview, OH, for the meeting.
“Lauren has been a bright spot in all of this.”
Read Lauren’s full story at golm.org/blog/i-never-knew-what-it-was-like-to-feel-normal
African American, Stories of Hope
Meet Pam Powell, whose life was saved more than 20 years ago by a 12-year old boy she never met.
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘯’𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘦? 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘌𝘖 𝘋𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘋𝘪𝘭𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴 “𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪.”
It is thanks to the generosity of donors and donor families that Gift of Life Michigan has been able to facilitate gifts from nearly 10,000 organ donors and 25,000 tissue donors in our 50 years of honoring life through donation.
Donation Process, Education, Event Videos
“Most of all, I’m hopeful that in the years to come no one dies in the United States waiting for an organ transplant, that every individual who needs one will get one.” – Dorrie Dils, CEO
Sign up today to Donate Life!
Donation Process, FAQs
Each potential organ or tissue donation takes a village.
First and foremost, the generosity of a donor and their family is what makes donation possible.
Facilitating these gifts also takes an amazing group of staff, volunteers and partners who believe strongly in honoring life through donation.
Join us at GOLM.org/careers.
We all know someone who has experienced grief. Perhaps we have been on that journey ourselves. Join our conversation with Dr. Jennifer Matthews to better understand grief, recognize the signs of it, and learn how to better cope with it.
Join us for the second part of an important conversation about recognizing and coping with grief. All of us have either experienced personal loss or know someone who has. How do we carry on? How do we help each other? Dr. Jennifer Matthews will share insights and tips with us.
Do you know a child who is grieving? Do you want to help kids navigate their grief journeys? Join us for this very important conversation.
Education, Latinx, Stories of Hope
Aimee Cruz has received the gift of life three times through the generosity of strangers. As a liver transplant recipient, Aimee is on a mission to share her story and inspire others to consider giving the gift of life. #DonateLife #LetsTalk
Aimee Cruz ha recibido el regalo de la vida tres veces gracias a la generosidad de extraños. Como receptora de trasplante de hígado, Aimee tiene la misión de compartir su historia e inspirar a otros a considerar dar el regalo de la vida. #DoneVida #Hablemos
Join us live from John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids as we celebrate West Michigan organ and tissue donors, transplant recipients, and the donation and transplantation professionals who make it all happen.
African American, Stories of Hope
Teresa Harris lives in Detroit, and is waiting for her second chance at life – a life without the complications of dialysis. You can give hope to Teresa and other Michigan patients waiting for a life-saving transplant by joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry today.
African American, Stories of Hope
Chad Milton’s wife, Mary, died last May after a car crash near their Grand Rapids home. He knew she wanted to be an organ and tissue donor, but he didn’t trust the process. Gift of Life Michigan’s care team talked with Chad through every step and he was able to see her heart leave the hospital on its way to the transplant center. He captured the emotional moment on film.
We are grateful to Mary for saving four lives, and to Chad for sharing his experience in this video.
The community spoke, we listened.
We launched Let’s Talk to reach out to multicultural communities, where people are more likely to need an organ transplant, yet less likely to sign up as organ donors, to address the shortage of organs for transplant, educate people about the need for organ donors, break down some of the common myths and misconceptions and encourage them to sign up on the organ donor registry.
Arab American, Stories of Hope
Today we remember Zahraa Alasadi, a remarkable young lady who received a new heart one year ago, on Valentine’s Day.
Zahraa’s transplant experience motivated her to change career plans, to embrace daily every opportunity life gave her, and to inspire others to become organ, tissue and eye donors.
We invite you to join us in honoring Zahraa’s gift and her life by watching this video and sharing it with your friends and loved ones.
Gift of Life Michigan worked with Eversight Michigan to explain that hospice patients can be tissue and/or eye donors, despite misperceptions to the contrary.
African American, FAQs
Donor mom Terra DeFoe has been there. She knows how the organ donation process works because her son, Emilio, was a donor. Terra tells it like it is, breaking down one of the most common myths about organ donation.
Make your decision to donate life at golm.org today!
This video addresses a common question among many people: Does my religion support organ, tissue and eye donation?
Leaders of major faiths – Catholic, Baptist, Jewish, Muslim and more – answer the question with a resounding “yes.”
Gift of Life produced this video, “A Matter of Faith,” with the support of members of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
Thank you to the family of Detroit Firefighter Michael Lubig for sharing his Honor Walk with the world. The generous spirit and love for others that he exhibited in life continue on through his gifts of organ, tissue and cornea donations.
Share your love for others at golm.org
Other states: RegisterMe.org
Thank you to everyone at Henry Ford Health System for their continued support of donation.
Music by bensound.com
Gift of Life Michigan staff walk us through the organ donation process, from the hospital referral to laboratory testing to surgery and beyond.