Chicago Med, Grey’s Anatomy and The Resident among 2022 DLH Inspire Awards winners


LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three of America’s best-known television programs, three unscripted screenplays and TV broadcaster Robin Roberts have been named recipients of the 2022 DLH Inspire Awards, which will be presented August 25 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. Awarded by the OneLegacy Foundation’s Donate Life Hollywood Project, the Inspire Awards honor Hollywood’s most authentic and positive organ donation and transplant stories, sending messages of hope and inspiration that can literally make the difference between life and death for thousands of people.

The following people are honored this year for their excellence in authentic storytelling:

  • Daniel Sinclaira co-executive producer on “Chicago-Med” will receive an Inspire Award for writing the episode of “When You’re a Hammer, Everything’s a Nail.” This episode features a DCD gift, it’s the first time we’ve seen this in a storyline. It also showed the efforts of a hospital to identify a next of kin when there is a John Doe and clearly highlights the great separation between the transplant unit and the emergency department.
  • Joy Blake is honored for writing the episode “The Long and Winding Road” for the television program the resident.” DLH considers this to be the best episode ever written about organ donation. He is sincere while accurately explaining the donation process, including brain death testing. To be equally honored is Dr Daniela Lamaswriter/producer and doctor who works with the resident to ensure the medical accuracy of the scenarios.
  • Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Marc Driscollco-executive producer on “Grey’s Anatomy will receive an Inspire Award for his writing of the episode “Legacy”. This powerful episode shed light on the person behind organ donation and created a beautiful tribute to the donor.

  • Creator and Executive Producers Shannon Powers and Dan Snook are honored for “Last chance transplant” a docuseries on the journey of people waiting for an organ transplants to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Documentary filmmaker Colleen Wood is honored forJOE 238.” Ten years in the making, “JOE238” documents the death of 24-year-old Sacramento police officer Joseph “Joe” Chairez, who wished to donate his organs when he died, and follows the lives of his loved ones in their unique grieving process. a donor family.

  • Double transplant recipient Valen Keefer will receive an Inspire Award for docuseries, “Letters of Hope.” Created by Keefer and sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the docuseries aims to educate fellow transplant recipients and society at large about the realities of life before, during and after transplantation.

Also this year, DLH will present its first annual Joe Lafferty Award to the co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Robin Robert, whose production company Rock’n Robin Productions helped bring the 2022 DLH Inspire Award winner “Last Chance Transplant” to life. Roberts appeared on the TLC series speaking with transplant candidates about their wait for a second chance at life. Lafferty, who died earlier this year, was a two-time transplant recipient, author and national organ donation advocate. He worked behind the scenes to help revive the Donate Life Hollywood project in 2018. Each year, the award will honor someone who works in the entertainment industry and helps promote organ, eye and blood donation. fabrics.

“The entertainment industry has a huge impact on the public’s perception of organ donation, and we’re thrilled to honor these exceptional stories for their dedication to telling the story well,” said the DLH founder, Tenaya Wallace. “Unlike most other dramatized subjects in Hollywood, the majority of the audience has never experienced the gift and is therefore strongly influenced, positively or negatively, by the fictionalized account of a very real and serious subject. When Hollywood gets it wrong, it can cost lives, but when they get it right, like these productions did, Hollywood has the power to literally save and change lives.

The Presenting Sponsor of the DLH Inspire Awards is The OneLegacy Foundation, the education, research and support arm of OneLegacy, the federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organization based in the heart of Hollywood and serving seven counties in southern California. This year’s awards are also sponsored by the Donate Alliance of Colorado and Gift of Life Michigan, both of which will be represented at the awards ceremony by families of donors who will be among the award presenters.

Throughout the year, DLH offers film companies, television programs, entertainment studios, producers and writers easy access to a network of experts – from renowned transplant surgeons to families whose loved ones are become organ donors – for free consultations on all aspects of organs, eyes and tissue donation and transplantation. DLH also helps with casting, production and publicity. All services are described on

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