I’ve been traveling all over the world lately and am woefully behind on my TV watching… so I’m super late in pointing out the simply-best-ever musical finale of a quirky sit-com in the history of television. My heros at NBC’s show 30 Rock have written living organ donation into their plot for their last two episodes of this past season. Alec Baldwin’s character Jack went on a search for his biological father, discovering it was none other than a guy played by Alan Alda, who had no idea he had a son. Only to learn that daddy needs a kidney! In the big finale, Jack ropes in heavy celebrity names to host a benefit concert called “Kidney Now” to help find a kidney for his dad.
Queue big musical number: He Needs a Kidney! It stars Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper, the Beastie Boys, Clay Aiken, and many more. Genius. Brilliant. God bless 30 Rock.
If you’re in the U.S., you can watch the full episode for free on Hulu.com.
To help continue to raise awareness, they’ve made a music video of the song, too, which is available for six months on itunes. Click here to go straight to the download page.
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I have Minnesota Public Radio and my linked-in mother both to thank for alerting me today to the passionate actions of Robert Redford’s son, James Redford, in promoting transplant awareness. Seems his story is everywhere lately — he’s a liver transplant recipient, non-profit founder, and, like his father, a filmmaker, and one of the many things he’s done in support of the cause was a film called “Flow,” “a touching depiction of an encounter between a donor family member and a recipient.” So cool.
[Side note: if you thought blogging about Pope Benedict attracted traffic to my humble little blog, just imagine what the name “Robert Redford” could do to get people here! (Robert Redford! Robert Redford!)]
At Jamie’s Web site for the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, one of the features I noted with interest is a section called “Connect with Others.” He offers links to three resources chat group resources, which I’ll check out and, if they seem to be active and relevant, I’ll add to my links at left. Meanwhile I’ll try writing to Jamie to see if he can add the Greatest Gift Foundation‘s living donor registry project to his list, as well as Nelson Freytes’ terrific Transplant Cafe site, which is growing larger and more active by the day.
As you may already know, one of the major activites of the Greatest Gift Foundation will be to connect would-be and past donors one-on-one for networking and conversation. We’re already actively doing this today. If it’s something we can help you with, of if you’re interested in joining our roster of donors who are willing to connect with others, let us know by dropping us an email!
Meanwhile, I’m thrilled to see Jamie Redford contributing to the cause with his star power and talents. That’s a sun I’m eager to dance in.
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