5W Wednesday: Gift of Life Michigan

Our 5W Wednesday series highlights a variety of health care organizations, professionals and programs that keep our community healthy.


Who is Gift of Life Michigan?
Gift of Life Michigan is the intermediary between hospitals, donor families and the transplant medical teams/recipients.  The organization’s mission is to improve and extend the lives of the citizens of the state of Michigan by increasing public and professional participation in organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

What does Gift of Life do?
Gift of Life Michigan is the state’s only federally designated organ and tissue recovery program, providing all services necessary for organ and tissue donation to occur in Michigan. They are a non-profit organization working 24 hours a day all over the state as a liaison between donors, hospitals and transplant centers.  In addition, Gift of Life maintains the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in partnership with the Michigan Secretary of State. The registry is a confidential database of state residents who have expressed their desire to someday help others by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Where can you find them?
Gift of Life is located at 3861 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. You can find them online at www.giftoflifemichigan.org, as well as on facebook and twitter. Also, be sure to see Gift of Life Michigan’s youtube channel.

When can I sign up to be an organ donor?
Those wishing to register as organ and tissue donors can do so 24/7 through their website, or during normal business hours by calling Gift of Life at 800-482-4881 or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office.  Gift of Life volunteers also host booths at many community events and health fairs, allowing supporters to join the Donor Registry at the event.  Once your donor registration is received, the Secretary of State will provide you with a red heart donor sticker for the front of your driver’s license or state ID card (a sticker arrives by mail within 2 weeks).

Why does Gift of Life exist?
Despite amazing advances in medical technology and expert medical care, many lives can only be saved through the generosity of strangers through organ, tissue and eye donation.  Gift of Life is the link between those willing to give life, and those who need a transplant.

Take a photo tour of Gift of Life Michigan!
View the MHealthy Communities, Health Sciences Library Gift of Life photo album for a virtual tour of Gift of Life Michigan.

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