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WMU competes in Gift of Life Challenge

Feb. 10, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University continues its participation in a battle to save lives with six upcoming organ donation sign-up drives, including one at the televised WMU versus Kent State basketball game at noon Sunday, Feb. 11, in University Arena.

WMU is currently in competition with nine other Michigan universities in the Fourth Annual Gift of Life University Challenge. The contest, which ends Monday, Feb. 26, gives hope to the 3,200 Michigan patients currently waiting for a life-saving transplant by increasing the number of citizens who are registered to become organ donors when they die.

Led by the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society, WMU won the competition in 2005 and finished second to Michigan State University last year.

Anyone who wishes to give the gift of life while supporting WMU in the University Challenge can register to become an organ donor online, or by attending any of the following donor drives: Thursday, Feb. 15, Schneider Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 19, Bernhard Center, noon to 4 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 21, Schneider Hall, 2 to 6 p.m.

Those who register to become organ or tissue donors will receive a red heart on the back of their driver's licenses, and will have their donor information entered into the Gift of Life Organ, Tissue & Eye Donor Registry. The registry is a confidential electronic database that documents Michiganders' wishes regarding organ and tissue donations.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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