Donor Challenge 2014

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Welcome to the 2014 Donor Challenge!

Here to sign up to become an organ, eye and tissue donor
and SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL?
YES? YES!
Please click on the banner of the team you would like your registry to count for!

Ole Miss vs. Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State
 Monday, September 15th – Friday, October 17th
CHALLENGE OVER! SOUTHERN MISS WINS!
Click here for more information about the results of this Challenge: Donor Challenge Results

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Delta State University vs. Mississippi College
Monday, October 13th – Friday, November 7th
CHALLENGE OVER! DELTA STATE WINS!

Click here for more information about the results of this challenge: Donor Challenge Results

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Jackson State University vs. Alcorn State University
Monday, October 20th – Friday, November 14th
CHALLENGE OVER – WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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Read here to learn more about the Challenge!

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donor Challenge, an annual statewide outreach effort to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation on college campuses while securing donor designations, will expand to a record seven college campuses in 2014.

Since the inaugural 2012 Donor Challenge, schools and student participation has continued to build from only 2 rival universities the very first year. This year, Alcorn State, Delta State, Jackson State, University of Mississippi, Mississippi College, Mississippi State and the University of Southern Mississippi will all participate in the competition. Mississippi State is returning after a one year absence. Mississippi College and Delta State will be participating for the first year.

The 2014 Donor Challenge will be actually be three separate challenges between school “rivals”.

Monday, September 15th-Friday, October 17th
Ole Miss, Mississippi State & Southern Miss

Monday, October 13th- Friday, November 7th
Delta State & Mississippi College

Monday, October 20th- Friday, November 14th
Alcorn State & Jackson State

“Last year, when we expanded the Donor Challenge to four schools, we saw an incredible 300% increase in donor designations,” said Charlotte Mullinnix, Director of MORA Outreach Services. “We are thrilled about the expansion of participating schools in the 2014 Donor Challenge and once again, we’re expecting another tremendous spike in people registering to be organ, eye and tissue donors. It’s an exciting way to increase awareness, designations and bring hope to those in need of lifesaving transplants.”

In 2012, Southern Miss won the inaugural Donor Challenge over Mississippi State. Last year, Ole Miss took the victory away from Southern Miss and Alcorn State beat Jackson State. Students, fans, alumni, faculty and staff of each university can register to be organ donors at any Donor Challenge registration event or they can sign up on-line at www.msora.org/DonorChallenge. This year, the school’s overall totals will also reflect students and fans already registered as organ and tissue donors if they show the donor designation on their license or donor card at any registration event. Existing donor registrations will account for 25% of the total.

Currently over 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 18 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes.

National Donor Sabbath

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National Donor Sabbath, observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, is a time when the donation and transplantation community and members of faith communities come together to focus on the lifesaving and healing gifts passed on through organ, eye and tissue donors. This three-day celebration highlights the important role faith plays in many people’s lives and how it influences someone’s decision to help others by registering as a donor.

Nearly 125,000 men, women and children are in desperate need of lifesaving transplants, and thousands more can be healed through tissue and cornea transplants. The key to solving this public health crisis is having more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

We invite you to celebrate National Donor Sabbath with us (November 14-16) by sharing the message of donation with your congregation and encouraging them to register. Research has shown that one of the main reasons people refuse to register is the belief that it is against their religion. All of the world’s major religions consider organ donation to be a final act of kindness and generosity. With your help, we can eliminate this all too common misconception and offer this lifesaving and healing opportunity as a true act of compassion.

If you would like someone from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency to come speak at your place of worship or if you would like brochures and other materials at any time of the year, contact Becky Pierson at bpierson@msora.org or at 601.933.1000.

Organ Donation Facts:
*More than 1,400 Mississippians are part of the 123,000+ Americans in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.
*An average of 18 Americans die each day awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.
*A new person is added to a national transplant list every 10 minutes.
*One organ donor can save 8 lives.
*One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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MORA celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the generosity of Hispanic donors and transplant recipients while inspiring more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. You can become a donor by registering at www.DonateLifeMS.org.

The lives of more than 4,000 Hispanics in the United States were saved last year through organ donation and transplantation. Yet, there are more than 19,000 individuals of Hispanic heritage still waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Many thousands more require the healing power of tissue and corneal transplantation.

Ruben knows what it is like to be on the waiting list. “The waiting breaks you,” he said. “You start thinking about how your family will be without you. I questioned if I would see my daughter graduate elementary school, let alone graduate college and get married.” Ruben had cancer in his liver and bile ducts and this only chance for survival was with a liver transplant. Because of someone’s life-affirming decision to register as a donor and to share it with their family, Ruben’s concerns he had while waiting disappeared. “I just felt like a new person. It’s literally an injection of life,” Ruben said.

Mike Gonzales, a United States Army Chief Warrant Officer had the strength and determination to overcome any obstacle. But then he was faced with his toughest challenge yet – losing his sight due to a corneal disease. After his corneal transplant, Mike was able to return to his military career and serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom, a feat that would have never happened without the amazing gift from his donor.

Not everyone awaiting a transplant is as lucky as Ruben and Mike. In 2013, 4,133 Hispanic patients received organ transplants; while there were 1,940 Hispanic donors. Sadly, 18 people die everyday because the transplant they so critically needed does not come in time. Successful transplantation often is enhanced by the matching of organs between members of the same ethnic and racial group. The need for more donors is clear. Registering your decision to become a donor and informing your family is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives through donation.

To register as a donor or for more information about how to get involved please visit www.DonateLifeMS.org.

Transplantation Changed My Life

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Hi! I’m Matthew Darling! On the surface, I am a normal person. I am a college student, I participate in theater, choir, and several other activities around my college campus, but what many people do not know is that 16 years ago, I may have not had the chance to experience all the joys and struggles that life brings. At the age of three, I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, a diagnosis that would change the course of my life, as well as the lives of those around me. When I arrived at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in November 1997, I was days, if not hours, away from dying. I was immediately placed on hemodialysis, and began a long extended stay at the hospital. After months of testing, I received a kidney. On March 3, 1998, my dad donated his kidney to me. Fast foreword 16 years later, and I am now a biology major, with an intent to become a doctor. Transplantation gave me hope, life, and a purpose in this world. Become a donor, and change a life in more ways than one.