Press materials for "No Greater Love"
April 11, 2002
For More Information:
Chris DuPré, publicist, (608) 265-6193
Eileen Schein, outreach coordinator, (608) 265-6360
No Greater Love, a documentary film focused on the increasing need for healthy transplantable organs in the United States, will air at 10 p.m. Friday, April 26, on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT).
Narrated by Angela Lansbury and featuring Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, the film shows the healing that may come through the act of donation. The goal is to encourage families to discuss the issue of donation, as well as make their wishes known to their loved ones.
Filmed at the UCLA Transplant Center in Los Angeles, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles, Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and other locations, No Greater Love follows several families, health care providers and recipients to weave together an emotional and dramatic depiction of organ donation and transplantation in action.
Viewers see these stories through the agonizing wait for a phone call and a donor, to the loss and rebirth of life.
The No Greater Love program and organ donation will be the topic of a national Web chat, and people may visit nglchat.org to take part through December.
Every day, 16 people die waiting for an organ transplant to give them a second chance at life. As of today, nearly 80,000 men, women and children are on the organ transplant waiting list. Donation and transplantation can save their lives, yet the need for organs far exceeds the supply.
The program details the roller coaster ride of organ donation and transplantation, displaying the number of lives saved by one decision. From tragedy, hope can rise again. No Greater Love beautifully documents the impact of organ donation. Ultimately, it proves there is no greater gift than the gift of life and no greater love than that of a generous stranger.
A nearly 6 percent rise in organ donation in 1998 was the first substantial increase in more than three years, followed by a 2.3 percent increase in 1999-2000. In early 2000, nearly 23,000 organs were successfully transplanted.
Although these numbers are promising, it is still not enough for the thousands more critically ill individuals who could have been helped if more organs were available.
For most of us, we have a much simpler task than waiting; we only have to make a decision of yes or no to become an organ donor. Forced to contemplate our own death, it's a decision that may be difficult to make, but one that has the power to bring life after death, to save not just lives, but families.