Donor Alliance in the Community
Have you listened to the episode about Transplantation Science on the Gifted Life Podcast? We are so excited to share that our Transplantation Science program has been featured as an episode on The Gifted Life podcast, produced by Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA). You can listen to the episode here.
Transplantation Science Educator Ken Turnipseed, aka “Mr. T,” has been teaching students about the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation for over 10 years. The podcast begins with Ken telling his story about how he was not a proponent for donation while he was growing up and the experience that changed his mind. Ken shares, “The one thing we were absolutely told was…do not do it.” It wasn’t until much later in life, when his brother needed a heart transplant that Ken realized the importance of organ and tissue donation and the misinformation he had been sharing with others. “Becoming [a Transplantation Science educator] was a chance for me to alleviate some of my guilt but at the same time make amends for all of the people I had influenced negatively over time,” Ken says.
Transplantation Science – a free Donor Alliance program
Transplantation Science is featured on the Gifted Life podcast just in time for the new school year! Transplantation Science is a free school curriculum program for grades 6-12 meant to enhance any anatomy, health or biology program and to introduce students to the field of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. We bring plastinated organ specimens and other materials into the classroom so students can have a hands-on experience. We are also excited to announce that our digital curriculum is now available.
It’s National Minority Donor Awareness Month!
We are featuring this story during National Minority Donor Awareness Month, an observance that aims to help save and heal the lives of diverse communities by growing understanding of organ, eye, and tissue donation across all ethnicities. The lives of those waiting for a lifesaving transplant depends on others in our community. Did you know transplant matches made within ethnic groups can be more compatible? That is one of the reasons it’s important for more people in our communities of color to sign up to be donors.
Learn why it is important that more people in all communities sign up as donors and what you can do to help! ?