Vita Redita (Latin for “Life Restored”) is the annual black tie-optional gala event sponsored by the U-M Transplant Center that is designed to raise much needed funds to support a variety of efforts including research, our patient emergency fund, educational efforts, and Camp Michitanki.
The 2017 Vita Redita Gala, presented with support from the Edwin J. and Ruth M. Shoemaker Foundation, will be at Michigan Stadium on October 21, 2017.
Guests will have the opportunity to tour the University of Michigan Wolverines Football locker room as well as to step onto the legendary field to see the Big House from ground level. Our grand gala takes place high above the field in the Jack Roth Stadium Club. Music and dancing follows the program.
Individual tickets at $250 each and sponsored tables will be available beginning at $2250 for a table of ten. Auction item donation, event sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Please call or email our events office at 734-232-0594 today for more information.
Jonathan W. Haft, MD of Michigan Medicine's Frankel Cardiovascular Center is our featured speaker. He is director of Michigan’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program.
Dr. Haft's groundbreaking research is related to the creation, development, and application of mechanical devices for patients with advanced heart or lung failure.
Dr. Haft and his patient, Stan Larkin, made international news after Stan lived outside of the hospital for 555 days without a human heart while awaiting transplant. He was the first patient to leave U-M Hospital with a wearable Total Artificial Heart and Freedom portable driver, which pumped blood through his heart. Stan wore the device in a special backpack until he received his new heart in 2016. Stan’s brother, Dominique, who suffered from the same genetic heart condition, was also supported with the Total Artificial Heart and received his transplant heart in 2014.