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Press Room

Welcome to Gift of Life Michigan’s Press Room where you can find information about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. We’ve made recent statistics and facts about donation available as well as suggested terminology for your reports.

Most importantly, we can help connect you with medical experts, transplant recipients and/or family members of organ and tissue donors to interview for your story or segment.

Media Inquiries

Tim Makinen
Director of Corporate Communications
Tim also can be reached by calling 734-922-6055 (office) or 517-896-5780 (cell).





Betsy Miner-Swartz
Communications specialist
Betsy also can be reached by calling 517-285-8628 (cell).



Donation Facts

  • Of the state's 7.6 million adults, 55 percent are registered organ donors.
  • 285 people became organ donors in 2015. 
  • A record 524,000 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2012 - over 30 percent more than the 398,000 who joined in 2011.
  • Since 2007, residents no longer sign the back of their Michigan driver’s license to indicate their wish to be an organ and tissue donor. Instead, they join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and receive a red heart logo for their license or state ID.
  • On average, 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week.
  • The supply of organs available doesn't come close to meeting the demand. Michigan has more than 3,500 people on the waiting list. The number is about 124,000 nationwide.
  • Organ donors can save up to eight lives and tissue donors can substantially improve life for up to 50 sick or injured people.

Donation and Transplantation Terminology

As a matter of accuracy, clarity and respect for organ donors and their families, we would like to suggest to you that the word "harvest," is considered harsh and not completely accurate. Organ "recovery" is widely used nationwide.