The Upsilon Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Itawamba Community College, in partnership with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency and North Mississippi Medical Center, invites you to participate in the 2015 Donor Challenge by registering to be an organ, eye & tissue donor. You can bring hope to the more than 122,000 Americans, 1,500 of whom are Mississippians, that are waiting for a life-saving transplant! One organ, eye & tissue donor has the opportunity to SAVE up to 8 lives and HEAL the lives of more than 50 others. Take the Donor Challenge!
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The Upsilon Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Itawamba Community College (ICC) has chosen organ, eye & tissue donation as their Honors in Action Project for the 2015-2016 school year. After researching the topic over the Summer and preparing papers that were presented in their honors class early this Fall, the students have issued a Donor Challenge to their campus, other PTK chapters, and community to register as organ, eye & tissue donors.
After attending Donate Life Ambassador training, the students became official volunteers of the Donate Life Mississippi organization and immediately hosted a registration table at next home football game.
On Monday, October 19th, President Eaton from ICC signed a proclamation stating that October 26-30 would be Donor Awareness Week!
The students hosted informative presentations and registration tables to kick off the week. On Monday, October 26th, the students presented to more than 200 ICC students and faculty members on the Fulton campus and welcomed Laura Gaskin, the donor mom of Matthew Gaskin, to share her personal experience with donation. Almost 100 viewers tuned in to the presentation live via Periscope.
On Tuesday, October 27th, the students presented again, but this time to the Tupelo campus. Donor mom Julie Dickerson, whose daughter Amy gave the Ultimate Gift of Life as a tissue donor, shared her testimony and left attendees with Donate Life bookmarks and calendars in honor of Amy.
A donor registration table will be set up Wednesday and Thursday ouside the cafeteria at the Fulton campus during lunch for those who would like to register.
Friday, October 30th, Donate Life Awareness Week will end with a Halloween Costume Contest and Donate Life registration table at the cafeteria from 11 – 1 p.m. Prizes will be given to the contest winners. See you there!
Jones County Junior College’s Baptist Student Union, in partnership with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, invites you to participate in the 2015 Donor Challenge by registering to be an organ, eye & tissue donor. You can bring hope to the more than 122,000 Americans, 1,500 of whom are Mississippians, that are waiting for a life-saving transplant! One organ, eye & tissue donor has the opportunity to SAVE up to 8 lives and HEAL the lives of more than 50 others. Take the Donor Challenge!
Pedal for Life is hosting a cross country bicycle ride to raise awareness about organ, eye & tissue donation. A group of eight cyclists will begin their long distance journey on October 10th, from Kinnick Football Stadium in Iowa City, IA, to the Donate Life Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. On October 22nd, the Pedal for Life team will be introduced at the Donate Life Conference which will house representatives from nearly all 50 states. The team will cover the 1150 mile journey in 12 days, making connections and spreading awareness of the shortage of registered donors in towns across the seven states they will be riding through, including: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Pedal for Life’s goal is to register both contributing supporters and 1,000 new registered donors during their ride. ALL DONATIONS will go to Organ Donation Awareness, and Pedal for Life is committed to moving the recipient waiting list for organ donation to ZERO.
The state Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), including the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), have been invited to have local riders who will accompany the Pedal for Life team on different legs of the route, and they have also invited MORA to partner with them to host media events to increase exposure of this life-saving mission. Currently, preliminary plans are being set for October 17th between MORA and Pedal for Life. More details will come soon! Look for them on the Donate Life Mississippi social media outlets and in next month’s newsletter.
Find out more about Pedal for Life by clicking HERE.
Learn some of the fast facts about organ, eye & tissue donation with this “Raise Your Hand If You’re a Hero” infographic, including: National Waiting List and Mississippi Waiting List statistics, the amount of lives that can be saved and healed by organ, eye & tissue donation, what you can donate, answers to common donation questions, and how you can register to be an organ, eye & tissue donor!
The Second year of the Mississippi Hospitals for Hope campaign kicked off in August 2015 and will run through the end of April 2016. The campaign partners the Mississippi Hospital Association, Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, and the Mississippi Lion’s Eye Bank with hospitals throughout the state to support and promote organ, eye & tissue donation. Those enrolled in the campaign receive credit for establishing donation registration drives, donor family ceremonies, social media campaigns, and other events to raise awareness about organ, eye & tissue donation and register donors within the hospital’s facilities andlocal community. Registrants in this campaign are also enrolled and receive recognition in the national Workplace Partnership for Life campaign that is organized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services. The shared goal is to promote a “donation-friendly America” by fostering donation education and creating opportunities for individuals to sign up to save lives through organ and tissue donation. If you would like more information and for your hospital to join the 32 hospitals through the state that are participating in this initiative, please visit www.MSHospitalsForHope.com.
The 32 hospitals throughout the state who are currently enrolled in the Mississippi Hospitals for Hope Campaign, include:
Anderson Regional Medical Center
Anderson Regional Medical Center – South
Covington County Hospital
Delta Regional Medical Center
Field Memorial Community Hospital
Forrest General Hospital
Jefferson County Hospital
John C Stennis Memorial Hospital
King’s Daughters Medical Center
Merit Health Biloxi
Merit Health Central
Merit Health River Region
Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
North Mississippi Medical Center
North Mississippi Medical Center – Pontotoc
North Mississippi Medical Center – West Point
North Mississippi Medical Center- Iuka
North Sunflower County Medical Center
Ocean Springs Hospital
OCH Regional Medical Center
Regency Hospital of Meridian
Rush Foundation Hospital
Simpson General Hospital
Singing River Hospital
South Central Regional Medical Center
Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center
St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital
The Specialty Hospital of Meridian
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Mississippi Medical Center – Grenada
Winston Medical Center