Organ Donor Registrations Requested
For immediate release
Contact: Tony Sullivan, Communications Main: 630/758-2600
Record-Setting Attempt Will Take Place August 26
at University of Illinois’ Quad Day Event
ITASCA, Ill. (August XX, 2012) – Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, in partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for registering the most people as organ donors in a single day (eight hours) during Illinois’ 2012 Quad Day event on Sunday, August 26. The current record is 765.
University of Illinois students can be part of Gift of Hope’s record-setting effort by registering as organ donors at Gift of Hope’s registration booths located at the northeast corner of the main Quad from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and at Illinois’ “Taste of Nevada” event held on the 1200 block of Nevada Street, just east of the Quad, from 4 – 7 p.m.
Morgan D’Organ, Gift of Hope’s mascot, and a team of Gift of Hope representatives will be on site at both locations to encourage students and staff to register as organ and tissue donors in an effort to break the Guinness World Record. Alumni, students and staff who can’t attend either event can take part in the Guinness World Record attempt by registering as donors or reaffirming their donor status at IlliniforHope.org.
“We are extremely grateful for the University of Illinois’ support of our lifesaving mission,” said Jerry Anderson, President/CEO of Gift of Hope. “With the University’s help, we hope to make history and build a community of registered organ and tissue donors on the Urbana-Campaign campus.”
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana’s Vice President and Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise is urging all students to sign up as organ donors at Quad Day. “We are honored and privileged to partner with Gift of Hope on this mission-critical initiative,” she said. “Offering the gift of life is not only a mission that the University strongly supports, but is one that has touched the lives of some of our very own staff. In just 30 seconds — the time it takes to register as an organ and tissue donor — students, staff and alumni who register as donors can provide hope and life to those in need.”
Robyn Deterding, University of Illinois’ Director of Campus Recreation, knows all too well about the importance of organ and tissue donation. When she lost her son, Teddy, 12 years ago in a tragic accident, Deterding and her family were able to provide hope and life to others through donation.
“Organ and tissue donation gave my family a bright light at a very dark time,” Deterding said. “I challenge all University of Illinois students, faculty and alumni to help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors on August 26th. Let’s show the world that the University of Illinois believes in the power of organ and tissue donation and is committed to transforming lives, not only inside the classroom, but outside of the classroom, as well.”
Currently, more than 115,000 people — including more than 5,000 in Illinois — are waiting for lifesaving transplants. Each year the number of organs donated in the United States falls tragically short of transplant needs, and the gap between demand and supply widens each day. Each donor registration is critical because a single registered donor can save and enhance the lives of more than 25 people.
Gift of Hope’s donor registration drive at University of Illinois’ Quad Day is one of many donor registration drives the organization is conducting this year to commemorate its 25th anniversary as an organ procurement organization and support Donate Life America’s “20 Million in 2012” campaign to register 20 million new organ and tissue donors in 2012.
About Gift of Hope
Celebrating 25 years of saving and enhancing lives in 2012, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization entrusted by the nation’s healthcare system with coordinating organ and tissue donation and providing donor family services and public education in Illinois and northwest Indiana. Since 1987, it has coordinated donations that have saved the lives of more than 19,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients. As one of 58 organ procurement organizations that make up the nation’s organ and tissue donation system, Gift of Hope works with 180 donor hospitals and serves 12 million residents in its donation service area. To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation, or to register as an organ and tissue donor, visit GiftofHope.org or DonateLifeIndiana.org or connect with Gift of Hope on Facebook or Twitter.