Registered Organ Donors Increase Odds By 8 Lives

By Trent Ostrom

Giving another person the gift of life is one of the most remarkable things a single human-being can do.

Tom Neal, Public Relations coordinator of Nebraska Organ Recovery, spoke to UNO PRSSA at February’s Lunch and Learn about the importance of organ donation.

According to Neal, an organ is received that will help save a patient’s life while another person is added to the waitlist every 10 minutes. More than 500 Nebraskans are currently waiting for an organ donation. Meanwhile, only 54 percent of eligible Nebraskans are registered organ donors.

While this percentage has increased by eight percent over the past two years, more awareness needs to be made.

“Of registered organ donors, only one percent will be qualified to give an organ,” Neal explained. “The more people we have registered, the better odds we will have of saving those who need an organ transplant.”

When an individual registers to become an organ donor, that individual has the possibility of being to save up to 8 lives. If one decides to become a tissue donor, more than 100 individuals can be healed.

Former PRSSA Member Alex Jensen and Creative Director Kelly Bast draw the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC) sign.
Former PRSSA Member Alex Jensen and Creative Director Kelly Bast draw the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC) sign.

In April of 2016, UNO PRSSA will participate in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition to inform the UNO community about the importance of becoming a registered organ donor. The competition is held annually by Rowan University.

Following is an excerpt from UNO PRSSA’s Lunch & Learn, a program implemented to increase member engagement with diverse opportunities and meeting times. Click here to view upcoming Lunch & Learn meetings.