GODFREY – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will visit Lewis and Clark Community College’s Godfrey campus at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, to announce the Be a Hero! Donor Awareness Campaign.
The public is invited to attend White’s visit in Reid Memorial Library.
LCCC will compete against other Illinois community colleges in the Be a Hero! Donor Awareness Campaign to see which college can persuade the most people to become registered organ/tissue donors. Student organizations have been actively working to get students to sign up for this cause. There will also be pledge cards available at the event for those who want to become an organ/tissue donor.
“Organ donation provides the opportunity to generously support life through some of the most tragic and painful life circumstances,” Vice President of Student Engagement Sean Hill said. “I am proud of the efforts of Student Government Association to support this initiative of the Illinois secretary of state.”
According to White’s office, more than 5,000 men, women and children are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in Illinois alone. Every 10 minutes, a new person is added to the national waiting list, and an average of 18 people die each day waiting for an organ. However, one donor can save the lives of more than 25 people.
“I am a living organ donor,” LCCC Administrative Assistant Christine Strotheide said. “I gave my sister one of my kidneys, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am also a registered organ and tissue donor. I encourage everyone else to consider registering.”
Organ/tissue donors must be 18, but most people register as donors when renewing their driver’s licenses. Unfortunately, those who receive their driver’s license at age 16 will not have the license renewed until they turn 21. The Be a Hero! Campaign aims to give those 18- to 21-year-olds the opportunity to become organ/tissue donors before they renew their driver’s licenses.
“It is our priority to inform students that they can assist others by becoming an organ or tissue donor,” Coordinator of Student Activities Jared Hennings said. “Also, donors should be aware that if they registered before January of 2006 when the First Person Consent Law became effective, they will need to re-register.”
For information on White’s visit or becoming an organ/tissue donor, call Student Engagement Administrative Assistant Kimberly Ruby at (618) 468-6001.