Watch Our Web-Series, TOSA Talks

4/8/2021
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.



The Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas registry is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. In this episode of TOSA Talks, we sit down with DLT Executive Director Kim Charles to learn more about the registry and how it plays a crucial role in saving lives.


Most organ donations occur after the donor has died. But when it comes to kidney and liver donation, we can impact lives as a living donor and still lead a normal life. To celebrate National Kidney Month, we visit with Dr. Philip Thomas of the DHR Health Transplant Institute and living donor Lissette Valdez walks us through her decision to Donate Life.


In March 2020, we celebrated the first anniversary for the Center for Life, a first-of-its kind facility in Texas dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplantation. In this episode of TOSA Talks, we sit down to discuss how the first year went and how our partnership with University Hospital is saving lives.


As we recognize the important role of African-Americans in our country's history during Black History Month, it's also an opportune time to educate and raise awareness about the unique challenges African-Americans face on the transplant waiting list. In this episode, we'll hear from a heart recipient in Austin who received the Gift of Life and Dr. Clive Callender from the National MOTTEP will shed some light on how multicultural communities play a critical role in the transplant system.


It's a special Sweetheart Edition of TOSA Talks for National Donor Day, the observance where everyone is reminded to "share the love" and sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor. In this episode, heart recipient Travis Martin shares his story before playing a special version of the Newlywed Game with his wife, Pamela.


Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a remarkable year for saving lives through the power of organ donation. We are grateful to the 189 donor heroes and their families for giving the Gift of Life. Learn more about our 2020 results in this episode.



For transplant recipients, every day is a gift thanks to an organ donor. Recipients whose second chance at life has lasted 25 years and longer have created the Quarter Century Club to advocate for organ and tissue donation while also offering one another support. On today's TOSA Talks, we'll meet two recipients who've had their transplants for over 40 years!


Volunteers for Texas Organ Sharing Alliance are critical to the mission of saving lives. From Waco to the Rio Grande Valley, these individuals share their experiences to inspire others to sign up as organ donors. In this episode, learn how this group is making a difference.


Co-morbidities like diabetes, chronic kidney and heart disease are placing Texans at a higher risk for hospitalizations if they contract COVID-19. These same underlying conditions disproportionately affect Latinos who can find themselves in need of a life-saving organ transplant. Dr. Rogelio Saenz talks with TOSA Senior Communications Coordinator Clarissa Thompson about the challenges Latinos face in the battle against COVID-19 and the implications they can have on donation and transplantation.


Texas Organ Sharing Alliance is a proud participant in the Workplace Partnership for Life program that supports hospitals' efforts to raise awareness and register donors within hospital facilities and their communities. Hospital Services Coordinator Jesse Lara and Valley Regional Medical Center Frank Acevedo, a kidney recipient, talk about the program.


One in three American adults are at risk of kidney disease that can lead to end-stage renal disease and a need for a kidney transplant if left untreated. Mary Albin, the executive director of the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network of Texas, discusses their resources and how patients can thrive while battling kidney disease.


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.