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The community spoke, we listened. 

Since 1971, Gift of Life Michigan has honored life by connecting people who need vital organ and tissue transplants with donors. 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.



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Community Conversations

‘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. 

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Life on the waiting list: 'You have to be very, very careful'

Patients waiting for new organs take extra precautions to stay healthy De'Shante Ervin is taking additional precautions these days.

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Chad Milton meets Philip Acosta, who is living with a heart donated by Chad's late wife, Mary.

'This is God's work'

Grand Rapids man meets late wife's donated heart recipient Chad Milton knew the spirit of his late wife lived on. Earlier this year, he heard proof. 

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We need each other.

A single organ donor can save as many as eight lives.
A tissue donor can help heal up to 75 others.

What one donor can do

There are still too many people waiting for vital organs. Minorities comprise 25 percent of the American population but make up more than 60 percent of those in need of transplants because of high rates of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obesity. We must close the knowledge gap and address the barriers that keep multicultural groups from becoming organ donors.

We invite you to join us in a virtual experience to elevate the conversation about the benefits of these lifesaving gifts. Talk to your families. Your friends. Your social networks.

Let’s have this conversation together.

Thanks to our partners

Michigan ChronicleWhat's Up Media NetworkLa ExplosivaFox 2 NewsBeasley Media Group

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