Here’s something fun: ABC news has announced a call for brief video testimonials from the public about organ donation, which they intend to use in an upcoming documentary series called “Hopkins.” The show follows several of the docs at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, presumably one of whom is a transplant surgeon. I’m not sure whether the public’s video contributions will be aired as part of the show, or in conjunction with it via the “talk back” section of the show’s Web site. Either way I don’t care — I just want to send them a clip!
But, ugh! For the past several days I have been grinding my mental gears over what I should say in it, and I have yet to pick up the camera. They want videos of 45 seconds or less, and they want them to answer, “What are your thoughts on organ donation?” and “Have you decided to be an organ donor? Why or why not?” Seriously? In 45 seconds? Ack! I need that much time just to say the words “Pri-mar-y Scler-o-sing Chol-an-gi-tis,” let alone to convey my tidal wave of feelings about organ donation, the organ shortage, the importance of living donation and my own living donor transplant for my brother!
I’ve jotted down something like 30 drafts. Total futility. Time’s running out. Maybe you have a more succinct message — I’m certain they’d love to hear from you, too. You can either email your submission to email@example.com, or go to http://ugv.abcnews.go.com/player.aspx?id=4423007 and click on the “Respond Now” button to upload a video. Good luck and maybe we’ll all see each other on the show.
Hopkins premieres on Thursday, June 26 at 10 ET/9 CT, on ABC.