Let's Talk Hope

Let's Talk Hope

The Let’s Talk Hope podcast is dedicated to sharing inspiring stories of hope from donor families, organ recipients and those on the donor waiting list. The series also discusses relevant topics about how your overall health and wellbeing plays a critical role in the donation process. Hosted by Lauren Plavnick, Community Affairs Specialist and Marion Shuck, Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs at Gift of Hope Organ Tissue Donor Network.

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June 13, 2021 26 min

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is not new to the healthcare and social just systems.  Dr. Donyale Padgett speaks to Let’s Talk Hope about why disparities exist in multiethnic communities and why it's important to learn the community needs and norms and work to eliminate these disparities. 

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One of the most challenging parts of the donation process is the wait for a transplant. Laura Barajas reflects on receiving her brother’s kidney, and what her current wait is like. Also: Former United Network for Organ Sharing public relations director Lisa Schaffner explains how the national waiting list operates.

 
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May 9, 2021 23 min

Talking to kids about organ and tissue donation can be tough. When Marissa Marton’s son Andrew got his driver’s license at 16, he knew he wanted to be a donor. But he passed away before the family could talk about ​his decision. Marissa talks about the right age to have that conversation with your children. And we speak to Sara Miller, President and Founder of Student Organ Donation Advocates (SODA) and Samantha Newman, SODA Chapte...

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April 22, 2021 28 min

Gift of Hope’s new CEO, Dr. Harry Wilkins, III, discusses the basics of organ and tissue donation and shares his vision for the organization. We also talk with Heather Runyan, a donor wife, who shares the story of her husband Dan and how he was able to bring hope to more than 200 people by the gift of tissue donation.

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Stay tuned for the launch on April 22nd!

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