2012.04.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shanae Springer - MaverickPR
phone: 402.641.0331 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNO PRSSA Holds Event to Add to Nebraska’s Organ Donor Registry
Omaha - When it comes to becoming registered organ donors, college students are often a missing piece to the puzzle. Public relations students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are working to ensure that college students know how to get registered, helping the Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) reach its goal of 700,000 registered donors by July 1.
MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold an event titled “Be the missing piece; Be an organ donor” on the UNO campus Tuesday, April 17. The event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will educate students about becoming organ donors. Students will also be able to register as a donor at the event.
As part of the event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., UNO students will search for puzzle pieces hidden in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) and Arts and Sciences Hall. When students find a puzzle piece and bring it to the MBSC Plaza to complete the organ donor puzzle, they will be entered in a drawing for prizes.
The band “Unscene Patrol” will play during the noon hour on the Plaza stage with breaks to give the audience facts about organ donation. The event continues from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Room on the second floord of the MBSC with speakers and a question-and-answer session. Mary Lueth, the mother of a 17-year-old organ donor, will share her story of her daughter’s accident, and organ recipient Amber Tennell will tell her story of her kidney transplant.
More than 500 Nebraskans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. They are among the more than 100,000 people on the waiting list, and less than 25 percent of those waiting receive the necessary donations. Each day 18 people die waiting for vital organ transplants. Every 11 minutes another name is added to the list.
“This is why is it’s so important to get students involved to do what they can to add to the state’s organ donor registry,” said Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser. “You can literally save the lives of up to nine people with one organ donation and enhance up to 60 lives with tissue donation.”
For more information, contact Shanae Springer, event coordinator at email@example.com or call 402.641.0331.
MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska Omaha chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), offers students interested in public relations opportunities in professional development and community and university service. One of the most active organizations on campus, the UNO Student Organizations Leadership and Programming (SOLP) named PRSSA its Outstanding Student Organization in 2011. UNO PRSSA also earned the F.H. Teahan National PRSSA Award for Outstanding Chapter in 2009 and Outstanding University Service in 2010.
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