The Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Progam's 23rd Annual Detroit Life Walk/Run

A cause that’s near and dear to Fieger Law Attorney Mike Russell’s heart is now easier than ever to support. The Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Progam’s 23rd Annual Detroit Life Walk/Run is going virtual, so you can log your 5K or 10K anywhere, anytime from July 25-Aug. 1. You can run, walk, jog or count other physical fitness activities toward your steps.

In the past, the event has taken place on Belle Isle. This year, to accommodate social distancing requirements due to COVID, it will occur over a one-week period, all online.

Participants simply register at, print out their bib number, and track their physical fitness activities over a one-week period, posting on social media with the hashtag #lifewalk2020

Mike Russell has supported MOTTEP since donating a kidney to his brother, Cliff, and serves on the foundation’s board of directors.

The promotional video for the event recognizes Mike’s contribution to MOTTEP’s mission.

“Cliff lived almost 20 years with that donated kidney,” said Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree, honorary co-chair for the event. “Cliff went on to be communications director for the Detroit Tigers, named to the Wayne State University Sports Hall of Fame, have five grandkids and his own sports program.”

Sabree added that Cliff was married at the MOTTEP walk in 1999.

“And Mike is doing great today having donated that kidney 20 years ago,” Sabree said.

If you would like to join Mike in supporting MOTTEP’s mission to spread the importance of tissue and organ donation among minorities, who face particular challenges finding a match, visit

Mike Russell in race shirt Attorney Mike Russell
Mike Russell and brother athletics Mike Russell and Cliff Russell

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