Wednesday, December 2, 2009

HU J-School, LifeNet Host Organ Registration Drive

Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications will partner with LifeNet Health to host “Resurrect 12-2 While Saving Lives,” an organ and tissue registration drive on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

LifeNet Health professionals will be in attendance to provide any information and answer questions about organ and tissue donation. Sign-up sheets will be made available for students who want to sign up as donors, as well as food, entertainment, and giveaways.

“We are hoping this event will make more students aware of how they can save many lives as an organ donor,” said Assistant Professor Dr. Francis McDonald who teaches the course.

The event is in conjunction with a semester-long professional campaign developed by the School’s public relations capstone class. The campaign aims to promote awareness and increase donor participation for LifeNet Health.

"I think everyone likes the thought of being a hero. Registering to be an organ and tissue donor allows you to save lives and be just that," said senior public relations major Melissa Patterson, a member of the capstone class.

LifeNet Health is a non-profit organ procurement organization that provides donation systems for heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, lung, and other organs for transplant. The agency is located in Virginia Beach, Va., serving most of the Commonwealth of Virginia and parts of North Carolina and West Virginia.

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