RICHLAND’S BE A HERO CAMPAIGN ENJOYS GREAT SUCCESS
From April 21 through the 24, Richland Community College hosted a series of events for the “Be a Hero” Campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to promote organ/tissue donor awareness and to register new individuals to the organ/tissue donor registry.
Secretary of State Jesse White kicked off the campaign on April 21 at a press conference in the Mueller Student Center. Mr. White, whose sister is a recipient of a lifesaving kidney, discussed the importance of organ/tissue donation and encouraged others to consider registering to become a donor.
Throughout all of the activities, which included a health fair, panels, contests, and a blood drive, 52 people were registered to be an organ donor, and 12 registered as bone marrow donors.
The Central Illinois Community Blood Center, which assisted with the blood drive on April 24, received 34 pints of blood, with 49 volunteers able to donate after going through a short screening process. Twenty-seven of those volunteers were first-time donors. The center said that they typically receive 10 units of blood when holding drives in other areas of Decatur, and 18 to 22 units when drives are held at the hospitals.
Several Richland staff who have been personally affected by organ and tissue donation also shared their experiences through video testimonials, which can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i1-hphMgJU&list=UUm9SPhChSwc1qJdRMZpq45w