Emory nurse writes play about organ donation

Posted by Dena Mellick May 27, 2015
The playbill for "And the Beat Goes On" by Emory nurse Sheila Taylor

The playbill for “And the Beat Goes On” by Emory nurse Sheila Taylor

Organ donation isn’t a topic that comes up in daily conversation. But an Emory University Hospital nurse is hoping to change that with a play on just that issue.

Sheila Taylor, who has been a nurse for 30 years, wrote “And the Beat Goes On.” She’s directing the play┬áthis Sunday at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center in Decatur at 3181 Rainbow Drive.

Event organizer Tijuana Agnew said the play is entertaining while dealing with the complex issues of being an organ donor. The Facebook event page has this plot summary:

“The story follows the Weeks family as they open their doors to relatives for what was suppose to be a brief stay only to find the guest are going to need more permanent accommodation. Meanwhile, away in school, where young Josh and his musical scholarship got him in the band, a taste of hazing and bullying follow but with words of advice and encouragement from a very close friend, Josh is able to overcome. Other challenges come while celebrating a brief homecoming, someone collapses and what follows will tell the story of the gift of life and how The Beat Goes On!”

Agnew said organ donors will be at Sunday’s performance. There will also be a health fair in the lobby.

Tickets are $25, and the play starts at 5 p.m. If you have questions, contact Tijuana Agnew at 678-422-5349.

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  • Sigrid Fry-Revere

    While deceased organ donation is very important, we could never fill the need for organs even if everyone agreed tone a donor because fewer than 1% of Americans die under conditions where their organs can be used for transplant — they are too sick, to injured, or die too far from the hospital for their organs to be of any use
    for transplant.

    The solution is to make living organ donation easier — not necessarily encourage living organ donation, but make it easier for those who already want to donate because they want to save a loved one but can’t because doing so is too much of a financial burden.

    Helping living organ donors helps two or more people– the one who wants to save a life and the one who needs a transplant. Often living organ donors are in swaps or chains that save many lives. The ALODF has helped 12 donors and saved 64 lives so far this year. And, we did so with just $17,000. Help us collect more funds to help more living organ donors save lives.

    See http://www.ALODF.org

    Living organ donors are often people who can’t help save the life of a loved one — a child, a spouse, a parent, aunt, cousin, or good friend, without financial assistance to pay their bills during their recovery from surgery. The American Living Organ Donor

    Fund is here to help make transplants possible. Help us help living organ donors save lives.

    And the TEDMED talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9wkGjEdhQ

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