Students fight organ donation misinformation ahead of National Donate Life Month

KY KERNEL | Jelyn Washington-Mays
Junior clinical leadership junior, Kappa Gamma Beta vice president and UK Hospitals intern, Emily Muller tables inside the Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Photo by Jelyn Washington-Mays
Next month marks the beginning of an annual national push for organ donation registration.

According to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates’ website, April is National Donate Life Month.

Emily Muller, a clinical leadership junior who tables for KODA around campus, said that many students aren’t organ donors because they weren’t fully informed on organ donation when they first checked “no” at the DMV.

“Once you are 30 or 40 years old your mind is pretty much made up,” Muller said. “When you are younger and at the DMV you do not have very much information so you just say ‘no’ because you don’t know any better.”

Muller, who is a UK Hospitals intern and Kappa Beta Gamma sorority vice president, said she has gotten many members of her sorority to become organ donors. But Muller said that organ donation education is her top priority.

Misinformation is “the biggest thing we want to combat,” she said. Continue reading

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