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2009.04.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: sk.casey@yahoo.com

UNO PRSSA to Host Organ Donor Awareness Event

Omaha - More than 100,000 Americans are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant; 500 of them are also Nebraskans.

With a new name added to the national organ transplant waiting list every 12 minutes, the need has never been greater. Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

A team of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) public relations students will hold "Be a Team Player: Become an M.V. (Most Valuable) Donor" on Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the plaza outside of the UNO Milo Bail Student Center and in the Nebraska Room.

The event coincides with April's observance of National Donate Life month.

The event will begin with a basketball hoops shooting contest on the plaza at 11 a.m. Sarah Prenosil, a UNO student and heart transplant recipient, will share her story at 11:30 a.m. in the Nebraska Room. Channel 94.1 will be on hand to host a live radio remote broadcast over the noon hour. Free hot dogs and soda will be available while supplies last to people who show proof they are an organ donor or sign up to be an organ donor at one of the informational tables.

The event concludes with a panel and question and answer session from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Nebraska Room. Panelists include Doug Bremers, manager, Donate Life Services; Mike Pick, clinical coordinator, and Stephanie Lochmiller, public relations coordinator, Nebraska Organ Recovery System; Jennifer Lederer, tissue procurement manager, Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska; and Annette Fumagali, a heart transplant recipient.

The event is sponsored by UNO's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Maverick PR, in partnership with the Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) and Donor Dudes. NORS is the federally designated organ procurement organization for Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa. Donor Dudes is a national advocacy group that promotes organ donation on college campuses.

This event is part of the chapter's annual participation in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC). NODAC urges PRSSA chapters around the nation to hold informative events on their campuses to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. The Rowan University chapter of PRSSA from Glassboro, N.J., sponsors the competition

For more information, contact Jessica Legg, event coordinator, at (402) 203-0319 or jessicamlegg@gmail.com.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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