Brenda Cortez: Media Attention & Recent Events

Recent Events:

News Story 3/30/30: ‘Howl the Owl’ wishes kids happy birthday amid coronavirus Stay at Home Order

TV interview 3/10/20: “‘Howl the Owl’ book series by Franklin author educates kids about organ donation, kindness”

Howl with Double Lung Recipient, Parade Float Rider, Terri Pilawa at the 2020 Rose Parade

CBS News Interview

Howl the Owl at the Lifeline of Ohio Dash for Donation

Media appearance with Joey Gase







TV appearance January 3, Real Milwaukee on Fox 6 Milwaukee

October 2018 interview on 103.7 Kiss FM with Alley about Howl Helps Others, HOWL the Owl, kindness, bullying prevention month and organ donation. Click here to listen to the radio interview.

Interview at the 2018 Donate Life Transplant Games in Salt Lake City.

March 2018 appearance on “The Morning Blend”. Click here to watch the video segment.

March 2017 appearance on “The Morning Blend”. Click here to watch the video segment.

August 2-7, 2018 – Donate Life Transplant Games of America, Salt Lake City, UT

November 15, 2018, 9:30am-10:30am: “Howl Helps Others” book reading and activity, Waterford Public Library

Monday, November 19: Author visit to Honor Elementary and Honor Intermediate School, Neosho, WI. Grades 4K-4, and 5-7

Wednesday, November 21: Olympia Brown Elementary School, Racine WI, Grade 4
Saturday, December 8, 8:00am – 1:00pm: Breakfast with Santa, Craft/Vendor Fair

January 5th Storytime/Book Signing as upcoming event at Barnes & Noble in Greenfield, WI 11:00-12:00

February 1st, Ben Franklin Elementary School, Franklin WI, Literacy Day

February 4, Racine Christian School

April 20 – Las Vegas, Hope Glows Fun Run/Walk, Exploration Peak Park (Nevada Donor Network)
April 25 – Morning Blend TV appearance
April 25 – Brown Deer Elementary, Brown Deer WI, STEAM Day
April 27 – Book signing at Cream City 5K (Greenfield Park, Milwaukee) 7:00am – 11:00 am
April 27 – Book signing at The Garden District Craft Fair, MCFI, 3333 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, 12:00-1:30
May 4 – National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin Derby Dash, Root River Parkway, 9:00 – 12:00

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.

Click for more information about Brenda and her work.