The Gifted Life: Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Podcast

The Gifted Life: Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Podcast

Improve your knowledge about organ, tissue and eye donation as your hosts Lori Steele, Sally Gentry 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.... Show More

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Show Notes: We welcome guests, Tyler Brignac from North Oaks Health System & Lana Stevens from LOPA into our studio for episode 117. Hear how partnering with like minded organizations and getting grassroots in communities can serve a collective goal, saving more... Read more

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August 30, 2019 32 min

Show Notes: What kind of funeral services can a family plan following their loved one’s donation? Can our family schedule a viewing and open casket funeral? Questions we often hear. We welcome Brian Water and Ryan Ballard, the hosts of Undertaking: The Podcast, for an open discussion about the fu... Read more

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August 16, 2019 31 min

Show Notes: How do you explain the gift of donation to a child? On episode 115 we welcome author, Brenda Cortez. Brenda created the character, Howl the Owl, after giving the gift of life through living kidney donation. Hear all about her series of books aimed at helping adults explain donation and transplanta... Read more

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Show Notes: On episode 114, advancements in the use of donated bone marrow is not only saving lives, but may also be the key to decreasing or eliminating rejection for organ transplant recipients. Remarkable studies are being conducted by Ossium Health, and we welcome co-founder and CEO, Read more

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July 19, 2019 36 min

Show Notes: On episode 113 we welcome Nina Martinez, the first person living with HIV to become a lifesaver throug... Read more

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July 5, 2019 26 min

Show Notes: On episode 112 a listener’s call inspires us to ask questions about heart diseases that lead to transplant, specifically, cardiomyopathy. Dr. Daniel Morin from Ochsner Medical Center helps us get to the heart of the matter, explaining how the disease develops. We take a moment for menta... Read more

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June 21, 2019 27 min

Show Notes: Talking about your personal grief and the process of recovery following a loss can often be isolating and quiet. We welcome Grief Out Loud podcast host, Jana DeCristofaro from The Dougy Center to learn how they are usi... Read more

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June 7, 2019 30 min

Show Notes: A crucial aspect of kidney transplantation is aftercare by way of immunosuppressive medications. We talk with kidney recipient, Monica Fox, and transplant surgeon, Dr. Matthew Cooper, to learn about a campaign called Honor the Gift. They are hoping to engage Congress and solve problems with Medicare cover... Read more

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May 24, 2019 31 min

Show Notes: On The Gifted Life Podcast we welcome two dynamic LOPA Community Educators, Sheron Raymond and Cheryl McGee-Hills, to a lively discussion about why grassroots education is so important to them. Learn what led them to LOPA, the philosophy behind their passion for spreading awareness and how they adjust... Read more

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May 10, 2019 30 min

Show Notes: Creativity and commitment to wasting no organ produces a domino effect in saving lives. On episode 108, we welcome Dr. John Seal from Ochsner Health System to learn all about Read more

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April 26, 2019 33 min

Show Notes: Imagine the gravity of hearing these words from your child’s neurosurgeon, “Your daughter has suffered irreversible brain damage. She is not responding to pain. She is legally brain dead.” How do you begin to move on? We chat with donor mom, Susan Miller, whose book, Read more

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April 12, 2019 36 min

Show Notes: On episode 106 we are talking about aviation and transplantation. Indiana Donor Network launched its own aviation division, TxJet, 5 years ago to help save lives. IDN’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Johnson, tells us why their organ procurement organi... Read more

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March 29, 2019 42 min

Show Notes: Imagine being a police officer, stopped at a red light towards the end of your shift, and suddenly getting hit from behind by a cab going over 100 miles per hour and your car bursting into flames! Hear Jason Schechterle’s story and how he survived thanks to tissue donation, his fellow first responders... Read more

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Show Notes: On episode 104, we talk about advancements in breast reconstruction following mastectomy to treat breast cancer. Nick Pashos and Billy Heim from Bio-Aesthetics join us to share information about the company’s exciting research and how tissue donors are giving new treatment options. Sally sparks a roundta... Read more

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Show Notes: Episode 103 is an emotional story about a 13 year old boy who has to come to grips with the gravity of his situation after learning he desperately needs a new heart. Michael Kutcher, twin to television star Ashton Kutcher... Read more

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February 15, 2019 35 min

Show Notes: Episode 102 is the second of our two part series about Briggs Elliser, a pediatric liver recipient. The team continues the conversation with his mom, Brittany Elliser, and this time we focus on his personal journey and the heroes who have made his life possible through Read more

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February 1, 2019 35 min

Show Notes: Episode 101 is the first of a two part series about Briggs Elliser, a pediatric liver recipient who was diagnosed with biliary atresia as an infant. The team talks with his mom, Brittany Elliser, and Dr. John S... Read more

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January 18, 2019 47 min

Show Notes: It’s our 100th episode & we are going Hollywood! First, we are joined by Shireen Razack, one of the writer’s for NBC’s hit television show, New Amsterdam. She shares the behind the scenes inspiration for the show’s 7th episode, ... Read more

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January 4, 2019 29 min

Show Notes: Happy New Year! On episode 99 we kick off 2019 talking about ways you can control your end of life decisions. What’s a will and what’s a living will? Should I declare that I’m an organ, eye and tissue donor in a will? Our guest, estate planning attorney, Paul Rabalais, has the answers... Read more

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December 21, 2018 26 min

Show Notes: On episode 98 of The Gifted Life Podcast, we welcome Jennifer Scharfenstein and Haley Orillion of Savannah Smiles to learn about the driving passion behind the nonprofit. The organization offers Read more

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