Watch Our Web-Series, TOSA Talks

10/22/2020
Through this unprecedented time, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) is committed to continuing its mission of saving lives through the power of organ donation. In an effort to connect and communicate with our supporters and social media followers, TOSA has debuted a new series called TOSA Talks.

In this online segment, TOSA's Communications staff members interview experts across Central and South Texas speaking about topics relevant to the donation and transplant community. From "How is organ donation being facilitated during the coronavirus pandemic?" to "Tips on staying healthy during the pandemic," we ask the questions the community is seeking answers to with brief interviews.

TOSA Talks can be viewed on our social media platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Since it's debut, TOSA Talks has reached thousands of viewers.

Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors and celebrates loved ones who have passed. To learn more about this holiday and how you can celebrate at home, we spoke with Nikki Diaz, the Education Associate at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin.



Children in need of heart care or a transplant no longer have to travel outside of Central Texas to get treatment. Dell Children's Hospital has opened the first Pediatric Heart Transplant Program in Austin. Here we sit down with a heart muscle specialist and a patient on the waiting list to talk about the importance of this facility.


TOSA's External Operations Liaison Ismail Shamas talks about how medical advancements have made it possible for high-risk donors to save lives.



South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has worked hard to meet the critical need for blood while assisting in a search for a cure to the COVID-19 virus. Beyond blood donations, they also play a key role in tissue donation. Ashley Frolick, Communications Coordinator with South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, discusses more.


Families who participate in the organ donation process when their loved ones passes away are also heroes, joining Texas Organ Sharing Alliance in our mission to save lives through the power of organ donation. TOSA's Donor Family Services Manager Adriana Almanza discusses resources available for donor families in Central and South Texas.


San Antonio-based artist Janie Villarreal McClinche joins TOSA Talks this week to talk about her collaboration with us to educate multicultural communities about the power of organ donation. ⁣


Martha Keiser, a volunteer who advocates for organ donation in honor of her daughter Krizia, who saved lives as a registered organ donor, joins us to talk about the importance of organ donation in multicultural communities in observance of National Minority Donor Awareness Month.


Despite the coronavirus pandemic, our staff remain dedicated to organ donation. On this week's episode, meet Organ Recovery Specialist Lisa McCoid who explains her role in the mission to save lives through the power of organ donation.


Grief & Empathy expert Lisa Keefauver with Reimagining Grief discusses how to cope through grief and find healing during these challenging times.


June is Men's Health Month, and it's a time to encourage men of all ages to think about their health and take the necessary actions to take care of themselves. TOSA Communications Coordinator Amanda Garcia speaks with two-time heart transplant recipient Lemuel Bradshaw who knows how important it is to make health a priority.


From shrinking your waistline to building up your immune system, registered dietician Jan Tilley with JTA Wellness speaks with TOSA Senior Communications Coordinator Clarissa Thompson about nutritional health tips.


TOSA Communications Coordinator Amanda Garcia speaks with Jennifer Milton, chief administrative officer for University Transplant Center, about the opening of the Center for Life during the COVID-19 pandemic.


TOSA Senior Communications Coordinator Edwina P. Garza speaks with Noe Gonzalez, who received a liver transplant in August 2019, about how transplant recipients are coping with COVID-19.


TOSA Communications Coordinator Amanda Garcia meets with TOSA Family Services Coordinator Bianca Esquivel to talk about how our team is continuing our mission of saving lives through the power of organ donation as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.


TOSA's Corporate Educator & Safety Officer Jessica Cortez shows you how to properly wear a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


TOSA Senior Communications Coordinator Clarissa Thompson sits down with Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Philip Ponce from the University Health System to talk about how COVID-19 is affecting our communities.


TOSA President & CEO Joseph Nespral sits down with Communications Coordinator Amanda Garcia to talk about the novel coronavirus and organ donation.