Student group, transplant recipient promote National Donate Life Month

THE DAILY CARDINAL | Matthew Whitney
A UW-Madison sophomore who received an organ donation and the student organization Donate Life Wisconsin will hold events to inform the community about registering as a donor throughout April.
Advocating for organ donation registration hits home for UW-Madison sophomore Curtiss Engstrom, who received a kidney from his mother when he was 18 years old.

Now, Engstrom, as well as the statewide collaboration Donate Life Wisconsin, is urging people to become organ donors, as April is National Donate Life Month.

The Wisconsin branch of Donate Life America strives to “help students combat the misconceptions that surround organ and tissue donation,” according to Sydney Kelly, a member of the group.

“Our goal is to create a culture for organ donation on the UW-Madison campus and to spread awareness on the importance of organ donation and the far-reaching impact it can have,” Kelly said.

Engstrom, now a sophomore at UW-Madison, also advocates for organ donation awareness. He said his firsthand experience inspired him to work toward getting people to understand the importance and ease of becoming an organ donor.

Like Donate Life Wisconsin, his goal is to spread factual information when it comes to signing up as an organ donor. Continue reading
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