Lakeland student promotes organ donation after diagnosis

SHEBOYGAN PRESS | Leah Ulatowski

Danika Newberry, Lakeland student and Beaver Dam native, speaks at the university to promote organ donation on Dec. 6.(Photo: Courtesy of Pete Barth)
PLYMOUTH – While most young people are preoccupied with final exams and the Christmas tunes stuck in their heads, Danika Newberry, a 20-year-old Lakeland University student, is seeking out a second medical opinion after being given only six months to a year to live.

Although her first heart attack and diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia back in April were difficult, Newberry and her Pi Kappa Gamma sorority sisters quickly turned a devastating situation into a social media campaign, #DancingForDanika, which sees people filming themselves dancing to raise awareness for organ donation and show support for those navigating heart disease.

“My friends said let’s do something like the ALS ice bucket challenge, but they wanted it to reflect me,” Newberry said. And as Newberry is known for her free-spirited, spontaneous dancing, a theme for the campaign basically presented itself. Continue reading