2016 Michael Pietroski Scholarship Program

The 2016 Michael Pietroski Scholarship Program is open. Applications are due by February 10, 2016. Download the application here.

Ways to Donate

Make a Tax Deductible Donation MDFC is very grateful to its supporters. Tax deductible donations are much appreciated and will help us to continue our mission and further educate our community on the importance of eye, tissue, and organ donation. The MDFC conducts regular events to promote their mission and raise awareness regarding organ donation. Events, to date […]

Our Mission

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To bring donor families, recipients, and advocates together to help save lives through organ, tissue and eye donation awareness by honoring all donors. To date, the MDFC has given back over $150,000 to the organ donation community through sponsorships, events, and various programs in the State of Michigan to include the following: Provided College Scholarships […]

Comfort Shawls

As a hug imparts comfort and love, so these shawls will embrace, enfold and bring comfort to those who will receive them.

In January 2011, the Michigan Donor Family Council (MDFC) started providing comfort shawls to new organ and tissue donor families. It is our hope that this small gift of compassion will bring these families comfort in their time of sorrow and transition. We are asking for volunteers across the State of Michigan who knit or crochet to help with this project.

Shawl Instructions

Patterns can be simple. Many can be found at www.LionBrand.com Finished size to be approximately 36” by 60.” (Approximately 4-5 skeins)

Completed shawls

Shawls can be mailed to Gift of Life Michigan or the Michigan Donor Family Council.

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c/o Nosa Obaseki
3861 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
800-482 4881

Michigan Donor Family Council

c/o Barbara Gerber
250 Helen
Trenton, MI 48183
734-552-3264

Please include your name, address and your affiliation with organ and/or tissue donation or transplantation with your shawl.

Thank you for being such an important part of this project. We couldn’t do it without you!

Download instructions here.

Donor Stories

  • Rebecca Vogelsang

    Rebecca Vogelsang was 17 years old and a senior at Forest Hills Eastern High School.  She was a member of the National Honor Society and was accepted at the University of Michigan, where she was going to study medical research.  She was a ballet dancer starting at the age of 3, and danced in New […]

  • Kristen Michelle Joe

    Kristen Michelle Joe’s bright smile and cheerful personality warmed the hearts of those that knew her. Kristen enjoyed traveling, music, spending time with her family and friends and shopping, however her favorite pastime was reading. As a child she read so much while riding in the car she never paid attention to directions. Her favorite […]

  • Jan

    My mother, Jan, passed away from a brain aneurysm on Mother’s Day 2014.  We called her the ‘miracle woman’ as she not only survived, but rehabilitated and went back to work full time after three brain surgeries 21 years prior. Whenever we would discuss organ donation she would always laugh and say “who the heck […]

  • Mike Candela

    Mike was a kind, loving, chopper riding, fishing, hunting, never miss an event, life of the party kind of guy!!! He had a way of making everybody in his life feel loved and important. It didn’t matter if it was a christening for a baby or an all night  party with friends. Mike was the first to […]

  • Angela Yvonne Griggs

    My daughter Angela Yvonne Griggs was known for her loving and giving spirit. She believed in helping others; especially those she felt could not help themselves.   Many of her friends recall that she was so willing to help others that she would borrow from a person that had to give to someone that had not.   In […]