Debunking Myths about Organ Donation

Learn about the critical need in the Black community and listen to a donor family and recipient share their experience.

learn the truth about organ donation

current statistics for the black community

hear from a real recipient and donor family



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In this forum, you will explore the common myths about organ and tissue donation in the Black community and go on a journey with an actual organ donor family and recipient as they share their personal experience.  There will be a Question and Answer at the end of the forum.  You will definitely  learn valuable information about organ donation in this powerful presentation sponsored by Gift of Life Donor Program and Donors are Heroes Program and you can also win a $50 Whole Foods Gift Card for showing off what you know during the fun contest at the end!  


Leslie Jean Mary

Leslie Jean Mary

Leslie has over 25 years of experience in the social and health services world. She currently lends her expertise and interpersonal finesse to the Gift of Life Donor Program. At the Gift of Life Donor Program, Leslie works in the Community Relations Department, as a Multicultural Outreach Coordinator with focus on the African – American and faith - based community. She serves as a board member to ASK Lupus, advisory committee to Intergenerational Community Alliances & Programs, Incorporated and is an active member of the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation.




Lisa Strother Upsher

Lisa Strother Upsher

Lisa Strother Upsher, MSOL is the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) Director and Multicultural and Faith Based Community Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE). Mrs. Upsher’s primary focus is to increase the multicultural and faith-based communities' public awareness on the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Her responsibilities include coordination of educational outreach programs, community health center liaison, special projects, publications, and communication efforts designed to promote CORE and donor registration throughout western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.





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