The human side of organ donation

Was pleased to edit this video for Donate Life PA and Gift of Life via Pavone, the agency I accepted a job with earlier this year. Diane has a powerful story.

Creative directors: John Gilbert, David Spink, Paul Murray
ECD: Jeff Odiorne
Producer: Matt Campbell
Agency team: Stef Gibney, Zach Gibson, Megan George, Lee Cichanowicz, Kendra Yoder, Greg Carney, Lindsay Abayasekara, Cara Breslin, Raven McKeal, Kammi Bredbenner, Brent Suereth, Mike Deegan, Ian Hutchinson, Ryan Houck.
The video was directed by a photographer from Pittsburgh who had a great crew with him, and a natural gift for interviewing talent.


Today I saw a woman take a spill in the crosswalk in the bustling center city of Philly where cars don’t always stop for people – and I saw five people go to help her up and pick up all her debit cards and other things that had flown out of her purse. The world would have you believe that thieves and vultures would swoop in, but no, just six kind souls reacting to a situation with empathy. And if there’s six good people in this gigantic city, that means there could be hundreds, even thousands of people who react to situations with empathy instead of indifference, in this city – and folks, that’s a good sign.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

Do it anyway…


“If you don’t go on the adventure, you don’t grow on the adventure.” – J.Lowe

Last summer, my girlfriend and I packed everything we could fit into a couple of suitcases, donated my car, got a travel carrier for the dog, put our remaining stuff in storage, and said goodbye to our friends and family. We boarded a plane and as it took off, Portland, Oregon, became a part of our past.

For months before we moved I was scared. I’d be moving away from everything I knew, and moving to the East Coast without a job lined up. My girlfriend would be attending an art school.

It didn’t help that we didn’t secure an apartment until a week before we left. We’d also be moving into it without seeing it in person.

But a funny thing happens when you have friends that support your wild plans and dreams, even if it means they’ll get to hang out with you less. Those wild plans and dreams can work out.

We landed in Philadelphia and started a new chapter. I have a job now, my girlfriend’s producing paintings and meeting amazing artists from New York. And right now I’m at a bar about to meet up with an old friend.

On the way here this evening I took an Uber. The woman and I had a great conversation about being positive. She said she was thinking about moving out of state like I did, but it’s scary to move away from family etc.

She pulled over to let me out. I opened the door and paused. “I was scared to move and enter the unknown but when we got on the plane all that went away. It’s scary, but do it anyways.” She thanked me and drove off.