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 floor 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.
For more information, contact Shanae Springer, event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402.641.0331.