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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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Chad and Mary Milton

Labor of love: Grand Rapids man honored for sharing heartfelt journey about organ donation

As a truck driver, Chad Milton has been on more journeys than he can probably count. 

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Dorrie Dils (left) CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, congratulates Terra DeFoe, winner of the 2020 Multicultural Difference Maker award.

DeFoe honored as Multicultural Difference Maker

‘It’s about educating the community,’ senior advisor to Mayor Mike Duggan saysDetroit, MI – Terra DeFoe, a senior advisor for Detroit May

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Joey Hunt, of Saginaw, says it's important to not lose hope if you're waiting for a new organ.

Advice from kidney recipient: ‘Don’t give up hope’

‘Always believe in yourself,’ Saginaw resident says

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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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