In February, Alfred Ely Beach High School Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) organized an educational campaign in February in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. week, to debunk myths surrounding organ donation and to highlight the number of African Americans awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Inspired by King’s quote, “What have you done to help others?” students chose to advocate for organ and tissue donation. Throughout the week, HOSA students, who attend a predominantly African American high school, talked to their peers about the importance of donation. The campaign resulted in 210 donor designations, a record number of donor designations coordinated through a HOSA event in Georgia, and Alfred Ely Beach High School was recognized with an award.
LifeLink of Georgia challenges You can join the effort to increase organ and tissue donation education in your school! LifeLink of Georgia is hosting a challenge to high schools throughout the state, asking them to implement a similar program to the one initiated at Beach High School.
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Currently, more than five million Georgians have designated their decision to be a life-saving organ and tissue donor on the Donate Life Georgia donor registry at www.DonateLifeGeorgia.org. There is no cost to the donor’s family for organ and/or tissue donation and one person has the potential to save or improve up to 75 lives.
Organ donation provided life to more than 33,000 people in 2016 through heart, kidney, lung, liver, pancreas or intestine transplants and hundreds of thousands more are helped annually through life-enhancing tissue transplants. Without the generosity of organ donors and their families, who support the decision to carry out their loved one’s wishes, a number of those waiting would not live.