Many people don't give much thought to organ and tissue donation until it directly affects their lives. When the topic comes up, many realize that they have lingering questions about donation, or they wonder if the stories they've heard are true. We appreciate every opportunity to dispel misleading urban legends and correct the many misconceptions about donation. The life of every single Michigan patient waiting for an organ transplant depends on people making educated, compassionate decisions about being an organ, tissue and eye donor.
Most importantly, behind every donation statistic are real people whose lives have been forever changed by organ, tissue and eye donation. Whether their grief is tempered by the knowledge that their loved one gave the gift of life, or they returned to work or school with a healthy new start as a transplant recipient, or they are waiting for their second chance at life - their stories are uniquely personal yet intertwined with those of a perfect stranger.
While Gift of Life's role is to facilitate organ and tissue recovery at the end of life, we also support the generous gift of living donation (most commonly through a kidney transplant). We encourage everyone to consider sharing life in this heroic way.
Watch this video to learn more about the care Gift of Life Michigan provides to donor families: