Austin, TX, Sept. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AUSTIN, TX (September 1, 2022) – A Central Texas couple who create surreal fine art photography are collaborating with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to put highlight three different Texas nonprofit organizations for a first-ever project of its kind.
The exhibit is called Telling Their Stories and from September 1, it can be seen in the airport’s Colony Park Gallery near Gate 10.
These organizations include Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), the agency providing organ donation and recovery services to individuals and families in central and southern Texas; Austin Prosthetic Center, focused on restoring limb function and recovery for a healthy lifestyle; and BeFriend EB, dedicated to improving the lives of people with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic skin disease in which skin blisters and peels away from the body with the slightest friction.
“We think everyone has hurdles to overcome,” explained Karen Jackson, owner of Two Keys Photography in Bastrop with her husband, Steve. “However, there is an inner strength in all individuals despite these obstacles. We want to take photographs that result in beautiful images of experiences or struggles showing an individual’s strength to allow the viewer to look deep within themselves and connect with their own strengths.
Their exhibition explores several themes, including the miracles of modern medicine in the field of organ donation and transplantation. There are three photos of transplant recipients, including Austin florist and HBO Max “Full Bloom” contestant Antonio Bond, who twice received a kidney and two TOSA donor families. A photo shows a donor father from San Antonio seen donating a liver to his brother as part of a direct donation. In another, a Floresville family offers a heart full of flowers to a former San Angelo resident.
The exhibit also features people with various levels of single and multiple lower limb amputations and also features people with epidermolysis bullosa (EB). There are four main types of EB: simplex, junctional, dystrophic and Kindler which vary in severity and where the blisters form.
Spectators of the exhibition will find QR codes located on the front window of the exhibition. By scanning the codes, they can learn more about these organizations, make a donation to help people cope with these conditions, or register as vital organ, eye and tissue donors.
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The Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), founded in 1975, is one of 57 federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. TOSA is committed to saving lives through the power of organ donation by providing organ donation and retrieval services to central and southern Texans wishing to donate and those awaiting organ transplants. vital.
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