WMU competes in Gift of Life challenge
Feb. 3, 2011
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is competing with 18 other colleges and universities in Michigan in a contest to see which school can get the most people to sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry by Thursday, Feb. 24.
Led by the Student Nurses Association, this is WMU's seventh year competing in the event. The University registered about 72 people in last year's challenge.
"College students continue to be great supporters of organ, tissue and eye donation," says Richard Pietroski, chief executive officer of Gift of Life Michigan. "With the high levels of energy and enthusiasm these young people bring to our life-saving cause, we know the Campus Challenge will be a success again this year."
Anyone who wishes to give the gift of life while supporting WMU in the University Challenge can register to become an organ donor at giftoflifemichigan.org/go/school. Signing up takes less than a minute, but offers a lifetime to those in need of an organ or tissue transplant. Select the "school/college" option when asked where you heard about organ donation, then choose "Western Michigan University" from the drop-down menu.
Those who register to become organ or tissue donors will receive a red heart on their driver's licenses, and will have their donor information entered into the Gift of Life Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor Registry. The registry is a confidential electronic database that documents Michiganders' wishes regarding organ and tissue donations. Those who have registered as donors in the past can update their information to receive a donor sticker.
Since its inception in 2004, the University Challenge has resulted in nearly 24,000 Michigan residents signing up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Each donor has the potential to save as many as eight lives through organ transplants and to enhance the quality of life for up to 50 people through donated tissues.
For more information, including current University Challenge standings and a link to the competition's Facebook group, visit giftoflifemichigan.org, or contact Brandon Waynick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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