Tuesday, April 19, will be a remarkable day for building organ and tissue donation awareness across the country and encouraging people to become donors. Tomorrow, two dramatic, hard-hitting stories that showcase precisely what we exist for as an organization—providing the Gift of Hope made possible through organ and tissue donation—will be televised nationally.
In the morning, The Oprah Winfrey Show will feature the story of Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman and his daughter’s lifesaving heart transplant. The broadcast will feature Charles, wife Jackie and daughter Tiana Tillman as they relive their experiences waiting for a transplant and the precious moments of life they’ve captured since then. The show also features the dramatic and emotional first meeting between the Tillmans and the family that chose to give hope and life to the Tillmans through donation.
Later, ESPN will showcase the powerful impact that organ and tissue donation can have on people’s lives in a segment on the critically acclaimed E:60. Reporter Jeremy Schaap will document the tragic death of professional boxer and Chicago native Francisco “Paco” Rodriguez and his family’s decision to give hope and life to others by donating Paco’s organs and tissue. In November 2009, Paco died from injuries sustained in a bout in Philadelphia. His family ensured that Paco’s legacy would live on by making the selfless decision to donate.
The Oprah Winfrey Show airs on ABC7 tomorrow, April 19, at 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. CDT in the metropolitan Chicago area. Check your local listings for broadcast times outside of Chicago. E:60 airs tomorrow on ESPN at 6 p.m. CDT across the country. In addition, a companion piece will run on ESPN.com, and ESPN Deportes will air a Spanish-language version of Paco’s story on Sunday, April 24.
Register your decision to be an organ and tissue donor at DonateLifeIllinois.org