Nursing Students Association at SF State is pleased to announce that we have joined the 2009 National Donation Campus Challenge campaign as a National Partner. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the campaign brings together National Partners, organ and tissue donation organizations, and their “campus partners” – universities, colleges, and other post-secondary campuses – to help educate employees and campus communities on the importance of organ and tissue donation. The goal of the campaign is to register 60,000 new organ donor designations by November 30, 2009.
Why is this campaign so important? Because each day, 78 Americans receive a life-saving organ transplant, and thousands more benefit from cornea and tissue transplants. These extraordinary gifts have been generously donated by ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds who took just a few minutes in a busy day to indicate their decisions to become organ and tissue donors. But broader awareness of the need for organ donation is crucial, as more than 100,000 people are currently awaiting an organ transplant in the United States and each week, more than 100 people on the national transplant waiting list die because no organ is available.
As an element of our commitment to this important campaign, we urge you to learn more about organ and tissue donation, and to register your decision to be an organ and tissue donor.
Facts about organ, tissue and eye donation:
- Each organ donor can save up to 8 lives, and each tissue donor can enhance the quality of life for up to 50 people.
- The gift of life is ageless – anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, at any age.
- Most people are eligible to sign up on the donor registry – the medical criteria at the time of donation will determine eligibility.
- Cornea transplants have been successful for more than 100 years.
- Organ transplants have been successful for more than 50 years.
I invite you to join me in registering your generous decision to become an organ and tissue donor! To learn more about organ and tissue donation and to register your decision to be a donor, please visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org/SFSU
By taking a few minutes to register your decision to be an organ and tissue donor, you are ensuring that your desire to give this gift is officially recorded. The priceless treasure that you may someday give will be the gifts of life, sight, and mobility to another.
Thank you for your support!
Nursing Students Association at SF State
Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donation Blog hopes more university and colleges join the National Donation Campus Challenge. If you do, please let us know so that we may post your announcement and story.
To register to be a donor in your state please visit click HERE