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2013.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO PRSSA Increases Nebraska’s Organ Donor Registry With 'Saving 8' Event

Omaha - Between papers, exams, jobs, internships and social lives, college students can still find the time to make a difference in the lives of others; and on Tuesday, April 16, public relations students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are looking to do just that.

On April 16, UNO's MaverickPR, which was named the top chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in 2012, will host an event As part of a goal to help the Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) increase its number of registered donors by July 1.

More than 500 Nebraskans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. They are among the more than 100,000 people on waiting list, and each day 11 names are added to the list. Less than 25 percent of those waiting will receive their transplant in time.

"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, UNO's PRSSA faculty adviser.

Statistics show that one organ donor, on average, can save up to eight lives. The name of the event, “Saving 8,” was chosen to represent the importance of organ donation in Nebraska and across the rest of the country.

The event will take place at UNO on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include an organ donor drive and post-drive speaking event.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., MaverickPR will hold a donor drive in the walkway south of Milo Bail Student Center where students can register to become donors and receive giveaway prizes.

The event continues from noon to 2 p.m. at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building with the “It’s a Piece of Cake, Saving 8” portion of the event, where attendees will enjoy a “cupcake happy hour” with cupcakes provided by Mockingbird Cupcakes. Special guest Scott Stanley, a heart transplant recipient, will share his story of how his transplant has given him the opportunity to watch his family grow. Attendees will also hear from the family of an organ donor.

For more information, contact Devin Bertelsen, event coordinator, at dcbertelsen@unomaha.edu or call 402.510.5504.
For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA), offers students interested in public relations opportunities in professional development and community and university service. One of the most active student organizations on campus, UNO PRSSA earned the F. H. Teahan National PRSSA Award for Outstanding Chapter in 2012 and 2009 and Outstanding University Service in 2010.

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