Carrie has been sharing her powerful story for over 20 years via speaking engagements, radio and television.

She is a recipient of the American Lung Association of California’s Breath of Fresh Air Award, and has been acknowledged by medical professionals, educators, and a former U.S. president for sharing her experience, strength and hope in service to others.

Contact Carrie regarding speaking and media requests:

“I was in need of a speaker and had the privilege of being introduced to Carrie Chown through the recommendation of a mutual friend. My event was centered around changes in healthcare and the patient experience. To say that Carrie did a fabulous job is an understatement. Participants provided feedback that Carrie’s speech was the highlight of the event. She made a difference in the success of our event and the perspective of our clinicians. I am so grateful to have had the honor of working with Carrie Chown.”
— Sue Fairbanks, Executive Director, Crossroads Home Health and Hospice

Select Speaking Engagements

(Upcoming) University of California, San Francisco, Heart & Lung Transplant Program Symposium, Date TBD

(Upcoming) Dignity Health, Woodland Healthcare, Compass Series Kindness Session, May 9, 2024

Dignity Health, Woodland Healthcare, Compass Series Kindness Session, May 9, 2022

Dignity Health, Woodland Healthcare, Compass Series Kindness Session, May 17, 2021

Dignity Health, Woodland Healthcare, Compass Series Kindness Session, February 24, 2020

Crossroads Home Health and Hospice, Patient-Driven Groupings Model Meeting, January 28, 2020

American River College, Psychology of Death and Dying, December 2008 – April 2016

Golden State Donor Services, Donor Family Gathering, May 21, 2011

Spiritual Life Center, Thanks A Million Celebration, September 15, 2010

University of California, Davis, Health System, Bereavement in the Acute Pediatric Trauma Setting, June 17, 2010

Golden State Donor Services, 212 Degree Donation Summit, May 15, 2008

California Pulmonary Hypertension Forum, Lung Transplant Panel, June 22, 2007

Golden State Donor Services, Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, April 18, 2006

Golden State Donor Services, National Donor Sabbath, Ascension Lutheran Church, November 13, 2005

“Sometimes you meet someone you know you’ll never forget. It was such an inspiration and just so much fun to meet Carrie. My photographer and I had had a long, difficult week, but after hanging out with Carrie for a few minutes we began to remember that ‘tough’ is a relative concept…and that overcoming is all in one’s mind and character…she is a treasure.”
— Dave Marquis, ABC News 10, Sacramento

Select Media

Andrew Petty is Dying Podcast, 2022

Journey to Becoming Podcast with Sabine Gedeon, 2021

University of California, San Francisco, Lung Transplant Education, Recipient Experience, 2016

DCI Donor Services, Public Service Announcement, 2015

United Network for Organ Sharing, Annual Report, 2010

TLC, Incredible Weddings, February 14, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle, The Transplant Odysseys, January 2004 – August 2008

Insight with Beth Ruyak, Family Radio Stations, December 17, 2007

Persistent Voices Publication, Pulmonary Hypertension Association, August 2004

ABC News Sacramento, Human Interest Story, April 19, 2002

KSBY (NBC) San Luis Obispo, Public Service Campaign, Organ Donation: In the Spirit of Giving Life, Spring 2000