Brenda E. Cortez
Brenda is a living kidney donor and children’s book author, who has a passion for helping others. She was inspired to write her first book, My Mom is Having Surgery, after her daughter centered her college entrance essay around Brenda’s donation and the inspiration she felt from it. Brenda is now a strong advocate for living donation awareness. Because of this advocacy and her passion for helping others, Brenda came up with the slogan, HOWL: Help Others with Love. Learn more about HOWL, and Brenda’s organ donation focused children’s books below.
School Visit Contest
Brenda is looking for a lucky and deserving teacher to win a free classroom visit where she will speak to the students about the importance of kindness and helping others. If you would like to nominate a teacher, or if you are a teacher yourself and would like to be entered into the drawing, send an email to Brenda and include the school name, school district, teacher and grade (contest limited to schools in the southeast Wisconsin area). The winner will be announced in November 2018!
Howl Helps Others
Come along with Howl the Owl and his animal friends, as they see firsthand how kindness and helping others is always the best option. Meet and autistic bunny who struggles to make friends, and a bully raccoon who isn’t very nice to others. They each realize the benefits of kindness in different ways and Howl and his friends Help Others With Love!
HOWL the Owl
Howl the Owl is a 7″ plush owl. Howl the Owl makes a great gift for all ages while helping spread the message of HOWL™ (Help Others With Love)!
HOWL the OWL Organ Donation Series: Book 1
Howl Gets a Heart
Howl loves to help others and his parents named him Howl because it stands for Help Others With Love™! Each story is meant to help children who are affected by organ donation and transplant.
In the first story, Howl Gets a Heart, he learns firsthand about helping others as he is given the gift of life with a heart transplant. Howl’s experience can help other children understand being sick, needing a transplant, and getting that life-saving organ.
In the second story, Howl Helps Bella, Howl’s best friend Bella is sad because her daddy just died. Her mom explains the one thing that brings her comfort is knowing he was an organ donor, and he helped to save other lives. Howl helps Bella understand that her daddy gave the gift of life and helped others. Bella hopes to meet the people her daddy saved someday, but for now Howl gives her his favorite stuffed animal to hug and remind her of her dad. This story is dedicated to Jessica and Isabella Spitzer, in memory of Christopher Spitzer. This book will hopefully be released end of 2017.
The third story is Howl Learns about Dialysis. In this story, Howl’s Grandma is waiting for a kidney and has been on dialysis for a few years. He learns how dialysis keeps her alive. She has already received the gift of life with a liver transplant, but now she also is in need of a kidney.
Kids can read the Howl stories and hug their own plush Howl to bring them comfort!
$0.50 from every book sold will go to Donate Life America.
Read this testimony from someone who recently received their very own Howl the Owl:
“When we got home from the hospital we had a package waiting for us. The kids opened it and LOVE it. It truly made our day! Someone who I have never met, but is a member at our old church sent us a children’s book about organ donation along with tattoos and a stuffed animal. We love it! I read the book to the kids and all of them continued to say, “oh, that sounds like us, like what our family went through.”
Howl The Owl Organ Donation Series: Book 2
Howl Helps Bella
Join Howl as he helps his best friend Bella through a difficult time, while learning what it means to be an organ donor. The message of Help Others With Love (HOWL) shines through in this story about helping a friend, and the selfless act of a real-life superhero.
Purchase all four of Brenda’s books and a plush Howl for just $50 (with free shipping)!