Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency presents check to USM College of Health

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency presents check to USM College of Health

College of Health Ambassadors held successful donor awareness campaign in 2015

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The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health Ambassadors have proven in recent years that organ, eye and tissue donation awareness is an important issue on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg and statewide.

For their efforts in the fall of 2015, when the Ambassadors staffed registration tables and handed out awareness materials to fellow students, the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) donated $500 to the University of Southern Mississippi College of Health for reaching strategic goals, set by the agency, to qualify for the financial contribution.

Since 2012, the College of Health Ambassadors have registered nearly 1,000 new organ, eye and tissue donors in the four consecutive years they have participated in the Donor Challenge created by MORA to increase awareness for the need of donation and registered donors on college campuses. That is a number that Chuck Stinson, the Director of Community Services and Relations for MORA, thinks could be just a starting point of the Ambassadors impact on donation. “In the four years the College of Health Ambassadors have been involved in the Donor Challenge, the official number of new registries is right at 1,000,” said Stinson. “It is safe to say that number is a lot higher because of the impact their outreach efforts have had beyond the designated registration periods,” Stinson added.

“While preparing for future professional careers in health, the College of Health Ambassadors have realized they don’t have to wait until they graduate to make profound differences in the lives of Mississippians. They are dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of registering as an organ donor, and they are excited that they can do it now,” said Dianne Coleman the advisor for the College of Health Ambassadors and the Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects. “Ambassador, donor registration drive chair, and nutrition and food system student Madeline Thornton encouraged informative, on-campus discussions and encouraged Ambassadors to reach out to their respective communities to provide educational information and registration opportunities,” Coleman added.

At present, approximately 1,500 Mississippians and 122,000+ 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 22 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 heal the lives of 50 recipients or more.  To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org.

Picture attached: USM College of Health Ambassadors with the $500 check from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

MORA to Present Check to University of Southern Mississippi College of Health

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency to present check to University of Southern Mississippi College of Health

 

WHAT: Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will present a $500.00 check to the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health Ambassadors for their participation in the 2015 Donor Challenge.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Thad Cochran Center, Room 210 on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

WHY: The USM College of Health Ambassadors held an awareness campaign to register organ, eye and tissue donors on the Hattiesburg and USM Gulf Coast campuses and signed up over 175 new registered donors in November of 2015.

Ribbon Cutting and Gallery Night in Hattiesburg

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to host a Ribbon Cutting and Gallery Night in Hattiesburg

WHAT: MORA will host a Ribbon Cutting and Gallery Night at the agency’s Hattiesburg office.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 111 South 40th Avenue, Suite #20, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

WHY: The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will host a Ribbon Cutting and Gallery Night at the agency’s Hattiesburg office. Featured will be paintings from the recently held Impressions of Life painting event, where donor families and transplant recipients painted in memory of their donor or family member. This event is one of many events that the agency has either hosted or partnered with hospital partners in celebration of National Donate Life Month. Since 2003, April has been recognized as National Donate Life Month.

Donate Life Night with the Mississippi Braves

IMG_4732On April 8th, 2016, the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) hosted Donate Life Night with the Mississippi Braves. The night was filled with the lifesaving message of donation, encouraging patrons to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Donate Life Ambassadors for MORA set up an awareness and registration table in the corridor of the stadium.

The entire MBraves team wore Donate Life Mississippi/MORA jerseys as a part of their “Shirts Off Their Back Program,” and fans were invited to bid on them during the game. Those who made the winning bid were escorted on to the field after the game and received their signed jersey. All proceeds benefited the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency Public Education Fund.

The donor parents of Walker Wilbanks, David and Shelia Wilbanks, threw the ceremonial first pitch honoring Walker’s gift of life and his memory. Walker was a hero. His legacy of donation saved 5 lives. He was also a cornea donor. Cornea donation can restore sight for up to 2 blind recipients.

We want to thank everyone who came out to support the MBraves and the lifesaving mission of organ, eye & tissue donation!

Click HERE to see more of Donate Life Night with the Mississippi Braves!

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Donate Life Mississippi Day Declared

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, was designated as “Donate Life Mississippi Day” in Senate Concurrent Resolution number 647, sponsored by Senator Josh Harkins at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson.

The resolution recognized the need for organ, eye and tissue donation across the country and in Mississippi where nearly 1,500 Mississippians are in need of a life-saving organ transplant.

That was also the message delivered at a press conference held at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon by Donate Life Mississippi. Donate Life Mississippi is a union formed by Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF) from Memphis, TN, and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank, to promote the need for organ, eye and tissue donation.

The emotional testimonies of heart recipient Timothy Lewis and donor dad David Wilbanks, both of Jackson, brought home the powerful message of how important donation is. Lewis received a life-saving heart transplant in January of 2014. Wilbanks is the father of Walker Wilbanks, who was a multiple organ donor in August of 2014.

Across the country, a new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 22 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. Donate Life Mississippi wants everyone to know one organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more.

Also discussed during the press conference was the partnership between Donate Life Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS examiners are required by law to ask those receiving a new Mississippi Driver’s License or renewing a current one if they wish to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. To date, DPS has accounted for over 98% of the 730,000+ donor designations in Mississippi.

To join those Mississippians who are currently on the MS Donor Registry visit www.donatelifems.org and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

MORA Presents 14 Scholarships Statewide

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency presents 14 Scholarships Statewide

Scholarships given to students who support organ, eye and tissue donation total $7,500

Friday, April 1, 2016 – Flowood, MS –The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will present 14 scholarships in May to high school seniors across Mississippi who believe in the lifesaving and life healing gifts that organ, eye and tissue donation can be for others. “Because of the overwhelming response we had from college bound seniors this year, we decided to increase our scholarship number from 12 to 14,” said Chuck Stinson, the Director of Community Services and Relations for MORA. There were over 130 scholarships submitted statewide to the MORA scholarship program.

Four of the 14 scholarships awarded will go to students from Jackson Preparatory School (Jackson Prep) in Flowood, MS. The school and student body were introduced first hand to donation in 2014, when classmate Walker Wilbanks gave the gift of life by becoming an organ donor. This would have been Wilbanks senior year. Jackson Prep students Kara Cook, Worth Eskrigge and Thomas Rogers received $500 scholarships from MORA. Rogers is the recipient of tissue donation that saved his life at a very young age. Prep senior Joshua Franklin received the $1,000 Glenda Irene Woodall scholarship. This special scholarship is presented in memory of the mother of MORA Organ Recovery Coordinator Lavell Woodall, and given to the essay deemed the most influential in support of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Other winners of a $500 scholarship are:  Jane Arender-Brandon High School, Kaylie Baio – Stone High School, Alan Bullock – Pine Grove High School, Madelyn Hammond – Tupelo High School, Breana Montgomery – Choctaw County High School, Kailey Morton – Harrison Central High School, Peyton Rogers – Brookhaven Academy, Alexis Thompson – Jefferson County High School, Lauren Threadgill – Choctaw County High School, and Jake Weathersby – Hillcrest Christian School.

This is the second year that MORA has offered scholarships statewide.

 

For more information contact:

Chuck Stinson

Director of Community Services and Relations

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

cstinsons@msora.org

601.936.8610 (work)

601.383.1221 (cell)

National Donate Life Month Events 2016

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National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations, which includes Donate Life Mississippi, in 2003. Celebrated in April every year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national donation awareness activities to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those heroes who have left a legacy that saved lives through the gift of donation.

This year, Donate Life America choose the sunflower as the national symbol of National Donate Life Month. The seeds of one sunflower has the potential to create an entirely new field of flowers. Just like the sunflower, we have the opportunity to give the gift of life when we register our decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. One organ donor can save and the heal the lives of up to 8 people through organ donation and countless others through tissue donation. A chance at new life gives beyond the recipient, and touches their friends and family for future generations.


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Donate Life Mississippi Day at the State Capitol


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Donate Life Night with the Mississippi Braves


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Legacy Lap 2016


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National Blue & Green Day


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Impressions of Life


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Hattiesburg Grand Opening


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Donate Life Night with the Biloxi Shuckers


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Racing for Donation 8k Run/Walk


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