Hey, I'm Jason. I'm a chronically-ill-super-freedom-loving-medical-self-journalist.
It’s one thing to have organ donation represented in the media – that’s always encouraging. It is another thing altogether to have Maggie Gyllenhaal represent organ donation in the media. It makes organ donation so much sexier. Or maybe organ donation is just as relatively unsexy as it’s always been, and it’s Ms. Gyllenhaal that is causing me to say this. Either way, check out PBS doing it right.
Pat Spurgeon is the drummer for a pretty incredible band from San Francisco called Rogue Wave. I learned last year that he needed a transplant. It’s kind of a round-about story. I collect rock posters by another San Francisco artist, Jason Munn. I was shopping his website last year and came across a benefit poster for Spurgeon. I bought it. After the purchase, I wrote a little note to Jason Munn asking him to pass along my best wishes to Spurgeon. While all of my contact has been electronic correspondence, there’s something of a 6-Degrees Kevin Bacon thing. I feel connected to an artist who shares my issues, even though I’ve never met him.
PBS has picked up on Spurgeon’s story and now there’s a documentary about his experience. The website also includes great facts about organ donation – including a quiz that tests your real knowledge of donation. Check out the documentary, take the quiz and, definitely, check out Ms. Gyllenhaal’s PSA.