Gift of Life launches minority education effort
|Terra Defoe, a liaison for Detroit Mayor |
Mike Duggan's office, speaks to the audience
at a recent Let's Talk campaign of Gift of Life Michigan.
Jerome Espy was talking about the need for organ, tissue and eye donors at an event last year when heard a familiar phrase:
“Oh no, I'm not doing that. I'm taking my organs with me.”
Espy, who received a donated kidney about a year ago, said it was an important reminder of common thoughts and
myths regarding organ and tissue donation and the subsequent need for the Let's Talk campaign initiated this year by Gift of Life Michigan and the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program foundation (MOTTEP).
“I know those kinds of attitudes exist in our community,” said Espy. “That's why 'Let's Talk' is important.”
The Let's Talk Campaign is the first Gift of Life Michigan multicultural campaign designed to increase awareness of the need for more donors in multicultural communities, dispel common misconceptions about organ, tissue and eye donation, and to help people make informed decisions about the process. Espy, along with Gift of Life ambassadors, community advocates and influencers
, got together recently to talk about its successes and to discuss its future.