Metairie, LA –

This April, in observance of National Donate Life Month, LOPA is excited to announce it has launched a podcast, The Gifted Life, to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage registering as a donor. A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for download. Listeners wanting to tune in to The Gifted Life can use a computer or smartphone app, and can subscribe so that new installments can be received automatically. Podcast’s hosts, LOPA’s own Lori Steele and Joey Boudreaux, address such topics as donation in the news, myths about donation, community events, new technologies, special guest interviews and much more. Their discussions are both entertaining and informative.

The first 2 episodes of The Gifted Life Podcast are available on LOPA’s website at, along with other podcast outlets such as iTunes, Pocket Casts, RSS, Stitcher, Tune in, BeyondPod, and Miro. A new episode of The Gifted Life, full of new and exciting information, is scheduled for release every other Friday, putting the release of episode 3 on May 1, 2015. While on LOPA’s website to listen, you can read about the podcast’s hosts and even learn more about LOPA by browsing the agency’s website.

LOPA, Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, is Louisiana’s federally designated Organ Procurement Organization, or OPO. LOPA is tasked with recovering organs and tissue for transplantation and research, along with housing and maintaining Louisiana’s Donor Registry. LOPA works strenuously to educate Louisiana’s population about the necessity of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Currently, more than 123,000 individuals are awaiting an organ transplant in the United States. In Louisiana alone, more than 1,900 people are waiting. A single donor has the potential to save 9 lives, give 2 sight through cornea donation, and heal the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation.

To register as donor or for more information please visit If you are interested in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation within your community, please call our Metairie headquarters 800.521.GIVE (4483) or email