144 episodes

Improve your knowledge about organ, tissue and eye donation as your hosts Lori Steele, Sara Blakemore, and Joey Boudreaux have entertaining and informative conversations about donation. We address donation in the news, myths about donation, what's new in the community, new technologies, special guest interviews and much more.

The Gifted Life: Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Podcast The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency

    • Medicine
    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

Improve your knowledge about organ, tissue and eye donation as your hosts Lori Steele, Sara Blakemore, and Joey Boudreaux have entertaining and informative conversations about donation. We address donation in the news, myths about donation, what's new in the community, new technologies, special guest interviews and much more.

    Housing Challenges While Waiting for a Transplant

    Housing Challenges While Waiting for a Transplant

    Show Notes: On episode 143, we welcome Mary and Bob Evans, the driving force behind the Jeffrey Campbell Evans Foundation. They watched their son wait for a heart transplant, saw the challenges he encountered while waiting and even faced their own challenges as Jeffrey's caregivers. This inspired Mary and Bob to help other families on their own transplant journeys and focus on one of the most basic needs, housing close to the transplant center. Then we offer tips for being your authentic self and honor hero, Dillon Webre.

    • 34 min
    A Second Chance with CORE

    A Second Chance with CORE

    Show Notes: On episode 142, we welcome Francesca Ferrante from CORE, who introduces us to one of their extraordinary volunteers, Craig Smith. Craig is a heart recipient and started his own nonprofit, Second Chance Fundraising, as a way to get people talking about the need for more registered donors. He helped CORE kick off their College Challenge program, which helped add hundreds to the donor registry just in the first year. We offer tips for managing feelings of dread, honor CORE hero, Mathew Christie and answer your question about raising awareness on your college campus.

    • 33 min
    Real Life Real Crime Supports Real Heroes

    Real Life Real Crime Supports Real Heroes

    Show Notes: Woody Overton, host of the award-winning Real Life Real Crime podcast, joins Lori as co-host of this special episode. Lori and Woody were brought together by a dynamic teacher, Kelly Jennings, of Livingston Parish Literacy & Technology Center. Learn how they are working together to educate and inspire more people to register as donors, and how the tragic story of one of Kelly’s former students has motivated them all. We honor Reese Catherine Graham in our hero segment and Kelly shares tips for other educators who want to spread the donation message.

    • 49 min
    National Minority Donor Awareness Month

    National Minority Donor Awareness Month

    Show Notes: Get ready for a lively conversation to kick off 2020's National Minority Donor Awareness Month! On this episode we welcome a special co-host, Sheron Raymond, a veteran Community Educator with LOPA. Sheron and Lori are joined by three amazing guests: Marion Shuck, the current president of AMAT and the Director of Family Services and Community Outreach of Gift of Hope, Janice Whaley, the CEO of Donor Network West, and Remonia Chapman, Director of Detroit MOTTEP and Community Manager from Gift of Life Michigan. These women share their experience and knowledge about the history of this observance, reasons for racial disparities in donor registration rates and why the need for donation is more prevalent in multicultural communities. Then, we honor hero Roshawn Drumgoole to round out this special episode highlighting the need to have One Voice, One Vision...To Save and Heal Lives.

    • 42 min
    Transplantation Science for Students

    Transplantation Science for Students

    Show Notes: Transplantation Science is an educational program that delves into the biology and science behind donation and transplantation. We talk with Ken and Anne from Donor Alliance, the organization who created the program. Remarkably, this story begins with Ken telling us how he was NOT a proponent for donation. Hear why he changed his mind and has since educated thousands of students about the importance of organ and tissue donation using the Transplantation Science program. Then learn tips for giving yourself a nudge in the right direction, plus we honor Donor Alliance hero, Kenzie Kingry.

    • 38 min
    Can Organ Donation Cure Type 1 Diabetes?

    Can Organ Donation Cure Type 1 Diabetes?

    Show Notes: Can donation cure type 1 diabetes? You don't want to miss this story filled with love and resilience! On episode 138, Kristine Neal from We Are Sharing Hope South Carolina joins our hosts to chat about their work in South Carolina. Kristine is joined by volunteer and pancreas recipient, Kim Perkins, who has been cured of type 1 diabetes and is living life to the fullest thanks to the gift of life. Sara offers tips for combating panic attacks during our moment for mental health, and we honor South Carolina hero Keegan.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

acrist2010 ,

Unique and important

This podcast touches on organ, eye, and tissue donation - a topic that many people don’t know about but should be more informed about! It’s unique and important, presented in an easy to listen to way, and offers diverse perspectives.

kahdalady ,

Informative and Entertaining

Excellent podcast that mixes in important facts with entertaining stories effortlessly. The hosts do a great job of keeping the audience interested while also providing key information on organ and tissue transplants that are helpful for everyone! It's a great podcast and I highly recommend!

Mrs donate chick ,

Podcast

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