Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency presents check to USM College of Health
College of Health Ambassadors held successful donor awareness campaign in 2015
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.