Real Talk

A live talk show series featuring topics in donation and transplantation every third Thursday of the month.


Why Am I An Organ Donor?

Thursday, April 15, 2021

For this episode of Real Talk, our guests shared their own unique reasons for supporting organ, eye, and tissue donation and told their personal stories. They also discussed some of the common themes around donation and what those words mean to them. This episode featured transplant recipients George Franklin and Robin Litz, as well as donor daughter Meghan Metz. The discussion was moderated by transplant recipient Meghan Smith.

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Honoring the Legacy of Donors

Thursday, March 18, 2021

This episode of Real Talk highlighted the many ways that organ, eye, tissue, research, and in-spirit donors are remembered and celebrated year-round in our community. We heard from Barbara Sauer, a donor mom who honors her daughter, Heather, in beautifully creative ways. She was joined by Heidi Pullara, family services coordinator at The LLF, who discussed our donor family aftercare program and grief workshops, as well as events coordinator Erin Bauer who shared the various events and observances that families can participate in to honor their loved ones. The episode was moderated by Jay Herzog, a Donate Life Ambassador and liver recipient.

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Black History Month Special Episode

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, this February episode of “Real Talk” hosted by The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland honored seven-organ donor Jordan Taylor Brown and focused on the importance of breaking the silence of violence in Baltimore City. We heard about Jordan’s story and the Jordan Taylor Brown Foundation from his brother, Sterling Brown, and the episode was moderated by Jordan’s aunt, Sonia Taylor (also a Donate Life Ambassador and cornea recipient). We also heard from Paulette Williams-Tillery of Roberta's House, Garrick Williams of LifeBridge Health, and our own Family Services Manager Courtney Nott for a discussion about traumatic grief and loss, violence interventions, and how they relate to our communities. 

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Myths and Misconceptions

Thursday, January 21, 2021

In this episode of our live Real Talk series, we dug into all the myths and misconceptions out there about organ donation and transplantation; and we know there are a lot of them! We were joined by Latrice Price (Community Outreach Specialist at The LLF), Marcus Walker (Family Services Coordinator at The LLF), and Katie Beall (volunteer Donate Life Ambassador). The episode was hosted by heart transplant recipient and volunteer Donate Life Ambassador Mary Wiedel.

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Social Responsibility and Community Giving

Thursday, December 17, 2020

The discussion was hosted by Donate Life Ambassador John Stansfield who spoke with The LLF's CEO Charlie Alexander, Chair of The LLF's Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) Amelia Clifton, and Past SRC Chair Allison Coleman about The LLF's social responsibility and community giving initiatives.

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"What's the 411 on funeral homes and donation?"

Thursday, November 19, 2020

For this episode of our series, we were joined by Kendra Harris, Funeral Home Liaison at The LLF, Brandon Wiley, CEO at Wylie Funeral Homes, and Jeffrey Gadow, Donor Services Coordinator at The LLF. The show was hosted by heart transplant recipient Sam Dey. 

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The Decision Project

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tanise Love of Donate Life North Carolina, Jessica Schram of The LLF, Ieesha Johnson of The LLF, Latrice Price of The LLF, and Donate Life Ambassador Daronta Briggs discuss The Decision Project: a grassroots campaign empowering people to make an educated and inspired decision about organ, eye, and tissue donation and sharing that decision with their family. 

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