The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) is an independent, not-for-profit organ and tissue recovery agency. LOPA's Core Purpose is Making Life Happen. We save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation.
One year ago, members of the LOPA team captured this emotional moment. It's a moment that continues to grab the world's attention & bring awareness to organ, tissue and eye donation.
This award-winning viral video features a donor dad named Bill Conner. Bill sold off most of his possessions, hopped on a bicycle from his home in Wisconsin and set his sights on Louisiana. You see, his daughter's heart recipient lives here. His name is Loumonth Jack Jr. At 20, he suffered a heart attack. Abbey Conner saved his life. She's a HERO. Because of Abbey, Loumonth - affectionately called 'Abbey Jack' by Bill - is back in college, appreciating every 'extra' moment life has to offer & honoring Abbey by helping us increase donation awareness.
*This video has been seen more than 150 MILLION times - and that number is still climbing.
**It's been translated into 18+ languages and has crossed racial, religious and language barriers.
***The national registry tripled in the days following the release of this Facebook LIVE video.
****After this video, Bill continued bicycling to Florida. There, he met clinicians who cared for Abbey & those who helped her become a HERO. Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency
*****Bill, members of the LOPA team & our partners within LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication - who helped create this emotional moment - have received national recognition for using a Social Media platform to support donation. ******Bill continues working to honor Abbey & to increase donation awareness near his home in Wisconsin. He has not dismissed the idea of hopping on a bike again. We continue to be in constant contact with Bill.
We ask that on this Father's Day, you share this powerful story in hopes that we -together - continue to #MakeLifeHappen.
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Do you have an Echo or some other Alexa powered device?
Try this, "Alexa, play The Gifted Life Podcast on TuneIn Radio." Or, for Google Assistant, "Hey Google, play The Gifted Life Podcast." Listen anytime, anywhere at our website thegiftedlife.org #podcast
#DonateLifeFlag❤️ Savannah Renee' Smith’s best friend Bobby is deployed over seas. He wanted to honor Savannah (liver recipient) and all the battles that she has won and the wonderful gift that saved her-- Organ Donation. ❤️. He decided he wanted to fly a Donate Life flag on his jet in a combat mission. With the help from his fellow airmen and this amazing pilot, he did just that. He flew this Donate Life flag in a combat mission to show their support even across the globe. 💙💚. #DonateLife
lopa.org/play or find links to your favorite podcast apps at thegiftedlife.org
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. #podcast #donatelife
Thanks to a HERO named Tyler, Savannah received the precious Gift of Life 4 years ago.
Here’s an update on Savannah:
Savannah is now a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University majoring in FCS with a Child Life Specialist emphasis. She has maintained a 4.0 and named to the Presidents list for the last 2 years. 🙌🏻 She hopes to work at OLOL Children's Hospital after graduation. She volunteers weekly with the Baton Rouge St. Jude affiliate (SEE GROUP PIC ATTACHED), as often as possible with Sister Dulce and the Mercedarian Prayer Center, LOPA and her church.
None of this would be possible with out the Gift of Life from an organ donor. A YES from Tyler himself & his family...and now, Savannah is finally able to participate and be an active part of her own life. We know she honors him and his legacy every day. She lives life to fullest!