MISSISSIPPI ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY TO PRESENT CHECK AND TROPHY
TO DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT NURSES ASSOCIATION
DSU Student Nurses Association Leads DSU to Donor Challenge Win over Rival Mississippi College
The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) presented a $500.00 donation and Donor Challenge trophy to the Delta State Student Nurses Association on Thursday, February 26th, 2015, at the Delta State vs. Mississippi College basketball game played at Walter Sillers Coliseum on Delta State’s campus. The women tipped off at 5:30p.m. The men’s game followed approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game. The Donor Challenge trophy was presented between the men and women games.
During the Fall of 2014, Delta State University (DSU) claimed its first Donor Challenge victory against Mississippi College (MC) by winning the 2014 organ, eye and tissue donation awareness campus campaign between the two rivals. Organized by MORA, the Donor Challenge is a form of college outreach that promotes the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. The program provides education, volunteer training and gives college students a chance to register as donors while encouraging donor designations campus-wide among fellow students, staff, faculty, alumni and fans.
During the four week challenge period, Delta State accounted for more donor designations than Mississippi College. Campus totals were based on a unique scoring system that fully credited new donor designations and utilized a point system for existing designations from fans, students, alumni, faculty and staff that identified their donor status. DSU tallied 341.75 points which accounted for 234 new donor designations and 431 existing designations. MC finished close behind with 311 points (267 new donor designations, 216 existing designations). The 501 new donor designations from DSU and MC exceeded the total of 498 posted in the 2014 Donor Challenge series between the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi that ended in mid-October. USM claimed a second Donor Challenge win in three years by collecting more donor designations than both Ole Miss and Mississippi State combined.
Both the MC School of Nursing and Delta State Student Nurses Association will receive a $500 donation from MORA after attaining all Donor Challenge performance standards that included a volunteer training session, a minimum of four registration events and a minimum of 150 new donor designations.
At present, more than 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 21 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org.
For more information contact:
Director of Community Services & Relations
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
601. 936.8610 (work)