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LifeGiving Transplant Stories - Coming in January

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 9:09 AM

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In organ donation, one family’s miracle comes from another one's loss. See the power of second chances, and how surgery is just the beginning. LifeGiving Transplant Stories - on radio, TV and web - beginning January 13th.

At any one time, over 100,000 people across the country are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. On average each day, 18 of them die. Every 10 minutes another person is placed on the transplant waiting list. There are simply not enough organs to meet the demand.  Over half the people waiting for an organ transplant in Ohio live in Northeast Ohio, but the region falls below the state average when it comes to the number of people registered as donors. In mid-January, ideastream will launch multimedia coverage on radio, television and the web focused on organ donation, transplantation and stories about people and families who give life… and others who receive it. 

“LifeGiving: Transplant Stories” will air January 13-21 on WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN with additional content on the stations’ websites. On 90.3 WCPN, the topic will be extensively discussed during Morning Edition on January 14 and 17-21, and The Sound of Ideas® on January 18 and 19. The WVIZ/PBS locally-produced special will air Thursday, January 20 at 8pm with additional television coverage on the January 13 episode of Applause and January 21 episode of Feagler & Friends.

LifeGiving: Transplant Stories is the eighth in a series of multiple media health projects produced by ideastream. Previous topics covered include heart disease, diabetes, obesity, colon cancer, depression, allergies, and oral health. 


Television Programming on WVIZ/PBS:

The centerpiece of the television coverage is the WVIZ/PBS-produced “LifeGiving: Transplant Stories” special airing on Thursday, January 20 at 8 pm (rebroadcasts Friday 1/21 at 10:30 pm, Sunday 1/23 at 3 pm & Monday 1/24 at 4 am). This half-hour television documentary tells the story of organ donation through four segments that illustrate the transplant “process” full circle. The documentary follows transplant doctors and patients at the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, beginning with one family’s decision to donate their loved one’s organs and tissue, and ending with the gratitude of recipients who received the gift of life. The program will also take a look at the tremendous need for additional organs to save the lives of others still waiting.

Thursday, January 13 at 7:30 pm
Charity Tillemann-Dick, an accomplished female opera singer, received a double-lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. The segment will explore how this procedure changed her life and her first love – singing – forever.

Feagler & Friends
Friday, January 21 at 8:30 pm
The need for organs is great, but so is the need to spread the word about organ donation. Cuyahoga County falls below the state average for donor registration rates.  In this episode, host Dick Feagler interviews Dr. J. Daryl Thornton from MetroHealth about the need for more public education about organ donation, especially in the African American community. Also, in a special segment prepared exclusively for this episode of “Feagler & Friends,” viewers learn how organ donation rates improved greatly in one Cleveland neighborhood since the passing of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who was an organ donor.

Radio programming on 90.3 WCPN:

Morning Edition
Weekdays, Friday, January 14 through January 21. Reports air between 6 – 9 am, including:
• The history of organ transplantation (1/14)
• The life and work of a transplant nurse (1/18)
• The personal stories of donating a loved one’s organs (1/19)
• Organ donation for scientific research (1/21)
• And more

The Sound Of Ideas®
Tuesday, January 18 at 9 am
Explores the “systems” in place that decide which patients receive what available organs and in what order. Also examined is the cost of more common transplants, who pays the bill and what if someone can not pay?  What impact does this have on their receiving an organ?

The Sound Of Ideas®
Wednesday, January 19 at 9 am
Donna Luebke is a nurse practitioner at MetroHealth and an expert on organ donation since she, herself, is a living donor. She will discuss how she strongly feels that many living donors go into the process without a full understanding of the risks and costs associated with being a living donor.

ideastream’s multi-media coverage on LifeGiving:Transplant Stories also includes resources online at

Funding for LifeGiving:Transplant Stories comes from the Dr. Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, with additional support from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The McGregor Foundation, the Woodruff Foundation, The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc., and the Community Foundation of Lorain County.


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