July 2, 2014
On Thursday June 19th, 2014, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) recognized LMNO Productions of Los Angeles with the Association’s 2014 Crystal Heart Award. The award was generously sponsored by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF). The Crystal Heart Award honors one print or web-based media representative or one broadcast media representative for their outstanding efforts to accurately depict the science and reality of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation to the public. The award was presented at AOPO’s 31st Annual Meeting.
LMNO Productions received the AOPO Crystal Heart Award for their segment on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Lost and Found series. Martha Anderson, Executive Vice-President of MTF announced that, “We look for stories that have a lasting and direct impact on bringing about a better understanding of donation and transplantation. We certainly found that in this year’s award winner.”
This Lost and Found series tells the story of nineteen-year-old Cassie Campbell, who became an organ donor on April 18, 2011. Cassie’s donation saved five lives, including Gabby Preap, the twenty-three-year-old recipient of Cassie’s heart. The production follows Preap as she meets Campbell’s family, Dave and Michelle Campbell, and sister Brittany Campbell for the first time. The power of donation was shared through LMNO’s work and inspired others to register to become organ donors, including LMNO producer, Angela Heller, who became an organ donor less than one year following her work with the Campbells.
In front of a crowd of over 800 attendees in Baltimore, Jan Lonsdale accepted the Crystal Heart Award stating, “On behalf of LMNO Productions, we are truly honored to receive this award. Lost and Found is a series that meant a lot to everyone who worked on it and none of us will ever forget the heart transplant story.”
Established in 1989, LMNO Productions is a full-service studio, and a leading producer of network reality series. In addition, LMNO creates original programming for numerous cable networks, including TLC, Lifetime Television, Animal Planet, Destination America, MTV, Investigation Discovery, HGTV, and Discovery Science.