The Lifesaving Impact of Living Organ Donation

Join The Living Bank to view a poignant, short film on the lifesaving impact of living organ donation.  Delve into the fascinating world of living organ donation as our esteemed speakers – including physicians, living donors, transplant recipients, and their families – share their stories and insights. Gain valuable perspectives on the importance of living organ donation and its profound impact on individuals and communities.

Discussion Panel

Kelly Perdue

CEO & Moderator, The Living Bank

Sharon Coplon

Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA)

Amy D. Waterman,
PhD, FAST

Director, Patient Engagement, Diversity & Education
Professor of Outcomes Research in Surgery

Houston Methodist Research Institute

Dr. Patrick Wood

Former Transplant Surgeon

Angela Hawkins

Living kidney donor

Annette Kaiser

Recipient of a living kidney donation

Monique Wisdom

Living kidney donor through a paired kidney donation

Program Schedule

5:30 pm – 6:30 pmPanel discussion
6:30 pm -7:00 pmReception, meet & greet

About Organ Donation

The Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) serves to protect and promote the best interests of living organ donors, ensuring their decision to donate is informed and free from coercion.

The first successful transplant was also the first living donor transplant. In 1954 Dr. Joseph Murray transplanted a kidney from Ronald Herrick into his twin brother Richard at what is now Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Kidney-paired donation is a living donation transplant option for candidates who have a living donor who is medically able but cannot donate a kidney to their intended candidate because they are not a match.

Living organ donation is the fastest option with the best long-term results, and it opens another spot on the deceased donor registry to save the life of someone in need.

1 in 4 Americans say they would be willing to donate an organ if they knew someone in need.

About Donate Life Month

Of special significance, the month of April is National Donate Life Month and is dedicated to recognizing donors, volunteers, and healthcare heroes, giving hope to those waiting, and engaging the public in fun activities to raise awareness.

Click here to check out a full list of Donate Life Month programs at The Health Museum.

When Thursday April 11 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Where The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX
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