Organ Donor Program

Organ Donation Saves Lives

The demand for healthy organs vastly outpaces those available for transplantation today. In Michigan, about 3,000 people are waiting for a transplant and new hope for life. Please register here to someday become a donor – and a hero.

Donation Facts

  • Of the state’s 10 million residents, about 2.7 million are registered organ donors.
  • 270 people became organ donors in 2011 and their gifts resulted in 792 life-saving transplants.
  • A record 398,000 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2011 – 25 percent more than the 320,000 who joined in 2010.
  • 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.
  • In 2008, Michigan had a record 327 organ donors, who gave about 900 organs to those on the waiting list.
  • On average, 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week.
  • The supply of organs available doesn’t come close to meeting the demand. This state has about 3,000 people on the waiting list. That number is more than 114,000 nationwide.
  • Organ donors can save up to eight lives and tissue donors can substantially improve life for up to 50 sick or injured people.

Myth Busters

There’s no age limit for organ donation and many people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, are still able to donate organs. Even people with HIV and hepatitis can donate to others with the same illnesses. Please don’t rule yourself out. Sign up today.

Please visit Gift Of Life Michigan for additional information.

Read what clients have to say about Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski

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The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps

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