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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.

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.
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Metairie, LA

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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.

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English

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(504) 648-3477


Episodes

Tiny Athletes Living a Big Life

9/14/2018
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Show Notes: We go back to Utah for a Transplant Games of America redux. Three families share how their tiny athletes are living a big full life, thanks to their donor heroes. Then Sally discusses research from the male perspective and how to begin having conversations about mental health. We honor a hero, Emily Lyons, from the Transplant Games website Reflection Room and answer a listener’s question on episode 91 of The Gifted Life Podcast.

Duration:00:29:23

Healing Through Writing and Donor Memorials

8/31/2018
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Show Notes: Our guest, Karen Hannahs, joins us from Intermountain Donor Services to share some of their special projects, such as the Celebration of Life Monument, designed to help families honor their donor’s gift of life. She and Sally also discuss the healing power of writing to donor family members and recipients. Then, Sally talks about how suicide attempts have surged amongst women in middle age. We honor hero, Tevin Reed, and answer a listener’s question about ordering Donate Life...

Duration:00:32:05

Sharing Experiences at the 2018 Transplant Games

8/17/2018
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Show Notes: The Gifted Life Podcast team is back from Utah and excited to share the stories captured at the Transplant Games of America (TGA). Meet Team Louisiana members Mary, Dusty, Warren, Ashley and Isiah. Hear about their individual journeys to TGA thanks to the gift of life. Sally coaches us on slowing down to enjoy life, we pull from TGA’s Reflection Room to honor hero Brayden Brantley and answer a question about donor families writing to their loved one’s tissue recipients on...

Duration:00:38:17

Transplant Games of America

8/3/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 88 we get you ready for the 2018 Transplant Games of America by chatting with TGA President and CEO, Bill Ryan. Sally talks us through some of the mental health benefits of exercise, and Bill Ryan rejoins the conversation honoring his hero and daughter, Michelle Ryan. Be on the lookout for more inspiring stories in the weeks to come as The Gifted Life Podcast team travels to Utah for the 2018 Transplant Games of America.

Duration:00:28:42

A Living Donor Tells Her Story

7/20/2018
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Show Notes: On Episode 87 we learn how The Gifted Life Podcast was part of inspiring one women to give the gift of life. Jennifer David called us a few months ago because she was searching for education about living donation, and found The Gifted Life. Now, she is officially a living donor, and we are honored to hear and share her experience. Then, Sally shares her expertise in our mental health segment, we honor hero Dion Pennywell and answer a question from out in the community.

Duration:00:36:19

Let's Talk About Donation of Organs in the Hispanic Culture/Hablemos de Donación de Órganos en la Cultura Hispana

7/6/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we are offering an overview of organ, eye and tissue donation facts all in Spanish to celebrate Donate Life ECHO, the national two-week outreach campaign honor multicultural communities. We invite donation and transplantation professionals, Ana Hands of Ochsner Multi-Transplant Institute, Susanna Ruddock of Southern Eye Bank and Maria Ospittia of LOPA to a lively discussion about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation and...

Duration:00:27:16

Donor Family Aftercare

6/22/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast we welcome Courtney Tillota from Indiana Donor Network. We learn about the ways IDN is connecting with donor families and providing support after organ, eye and tissue donation. In our mental health minute, Sally tackles one of our most common family aftercare questions. We honor IDN hero Chris Curry and answer a listener’s question right here on episode 85 of The Gifted Life.

Duration:00:31:03

All My Tomorrows Author, Eric Gregory

6/8/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we welcome donor dad, Eric Gregory, who turned his journey into an inspiring book, All My Tomorrows. He shares his personal story of tragedy, transplant and hope. Plus, Sally sparks a conversation about personality. We honor Eric Gregory’s son, Chris Gregory, and hear a special voicemail from a listener who found our podcast and tells us what she learned about the gift of life.

Duration:00:33:07

Eye Donation for Research

5/25/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast we welcome Cindy Reed, executive director at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, who explains the medical advancements made possible by eye donation for research. Plus, Cindy shares her personal connection to the process. Then we honor hero Mathew Manning, a donor from Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Sally gives us suggestions for responding to someone who is grieving, and we answer a listener’s question, right here on episode 83.

Duration:00:30:24

Honoring Organ and Tissue Donors

5/11/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we take our microphones on the road to celebrate heroes giving the gift of life! Hear from several families who tell us personal stories about their loved ones. It’s our team’s privilege to focus on the organ, eye and tissue donors we celebrate on our podcast, including this episode’s hero, Joseph Prichard. Then we answer a listener’s question about contacting the recipients of a sibling’s gift of life, right here on episode 82.

Duration:00:32:32

Donation for Research of Diabetes

4/27/2018
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Show Notes: The Gifted Life Podcast is wrapping up National Donate Life Month by expanding our focus to different types of donation. We welcome Dr. Mark Atkinson of nPOD, Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes. Learn how every pancreas and associated tissues donated for research are allowing for insights in to the Type 1 diabetic process and possibly leading to enhanced medical care for the widespread disease. Sally talks to us about grief, we honor hero Keaghyn Parsons and hear...

Duration:00:28:52

Honoring Donor Heroes

4/13/2018
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Show Notes: It’s National Blue and Green Day! There’s no better way to celebrate the reason behind Blue and Green Day than to let you hear from families directly impacted by donation. Lori and Sally visited with 3 donor moms at our Donor Family Picnic last month. Each shared their unique experience with donation and what this special day means to them. Then we honor hero, Andre Robinson, and answer a listener’s question right here in episode 80.

Duration:00:39:56

Gift of Life Donor Program

3/30/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode we share our excitement for National Donate Life Month in April and welcome Gift of Life Donor Program’s President & CEO, Howard Nathan. Howard talks about the history of organ donation, outreach, education and the innovative programs based out of the OPO’s headquarters in Philadelphia. Learn about their Gift of Life Family House, Gift of Life Institute, and the Transplant Pregnancy Registry. Evan Bunting, a donor from Gift of Life Donor Program, is honored...

Duration:00:40:06

Miss Indiana USA® Advocates for Donate Life

3/16/2018
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Show Notes: March is National Kidney Month! On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we welcome Darrian Arch, Miss Indiana USA®, who’s personal connection drove her to become an advocate for Donate Life with Indiana Donor Network. Learn all about this accomplished beauty queen and why her quest to educate others about organ, eye and tissue donation is very close to her heart. Our very own Sally Gentry, a licensed counselor, talks us through common mental health issues, this time...

Duration:00:21:58

National Kidney Month

3/2/2018
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Show Notes: March is National Kidney Month. On episode 77 of The Gifted Life Podcast, we take an in depth look at how the kidney allocation system (KAS) has affected those in need of a life saving kidney transplant. We welcome UNOS researcher, Darren Stewart, who gives us insight into how new policies enacted in late 2014 have changed the outlook for those waiting for a kidney. Then we honor hero Kenneth Doucet and answer a listener’s question. For more information on this topic, visit:...

Duration:00:30:35

Living Organ Donor Christopher Babin

2/16/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 76, we meet Christopher Babin, who selflessly chose to become a living kidney donor. Chris shares his story with us about giving the gift of life and why he’s running to tell others about organ, eye and tissue donation. Then, Randy Falgoust is honored during our hero segment. You will also find out how to reach out, just like Chris, to tell us your story or ask a question. The Gifted Life Podcast is your source for inspiring and informative stories about organ, eye &...

Duration:00:28:02

The Donate Life Rose Parade Float

2/2/2018
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Show Notes: On episode 75 of The Gifted Life Podcast, our team takes you to the 2018 Rose Parade in California to experience the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Check out what goes on behind the scenes and hear some of the experiences from the families of the honorees. Learn why American Idol alum, Scott MacIntyre, and former NFL coach Sam Wyche were involved in this year’s celebration. You can learn more about the individual stories of the 44 organ, eye and tissue donors honored on this...

Duration:00:23:29

Bravo's Below Deck Star Nico Scholly and The Tristen Scott Foundation

1/19/2018
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Show Notes: On this episode of The Gifted Life Podcast, we welcome a reality star, Bravo’s Below Deck cast member, Nico Scholly. Nico’s younger brother Tristen lost his life tragically in an accident in 2016 and became a hero, giving the gift of life to others. Learn how Nico’s family is using their experience to help other donor families by creating the Tristen Scott Foundation and how it fuels Nico’s passion for organ, eye and tissue donation advocacy. Plus, learn more about Tristen during...

Duration:00:19:19

Musician David St. Romain Promotes Donation

1/5/2018
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Show Notes: The Gifted Life Podcast team extends best wishes for 2018 to all our listeners. In this shorter episode, we kick off 2018 with a powerful voice. Our host Lori introduces us to singer and songwriter, David St. Romain. Learn about the inspiration behind one of his songs; a song that has touched lives and promoted becoming a registered organ, eye and tissue donor. We then honor hero Loyd Knotts and answer a question from someone who would like to contact their anonymous living donor...

Duration:00:12:22

Our Volunteer of the Year and LSU Students Register Donors

12/22/2017
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Show Notes: One person can make a difference to register more organ, eye and tissue donors. On episode 72 of The Gifted Life Podcast, we are honoring our volunteer of the year, Jinx Broussard. Learn about her commitment to utilize her classroom for advocacy on campus at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Plus, we hear from Jinx’s students from this past semester who tell us some of their notable highlights promoting organ, eye and tissue donation on LSU’s Campus. We honor hero Paula...

Duration:00:29:44