Families affected by organ transplants raised the
Donate Life flag Monday, April 2, at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to mark the beginning
of National Donate Life Month. Representatives of the Southwest Transplant
Alliance and MSUís Wilson School of Nursing were also on hand.
Approximately five years ago, MSU became involved with
the flag ceremony through the annual Community Health Fair organized by
students in the Robert D. and Carol Gunn School of Health Sciences and Human
Services. At the fair, which was held in March, attendees can register to be
tissue and organ donors.
Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, Chair of the College of
Science and Mathematics, attended the event. After her brother Kevinís death in
2015, his liver, kidneys, and corneas were donated, saving the lives of three
people and restoring sight to two others. Kevin was honored by United Regional
Hospital last year as one of its Heroes for Life.
Donate Life America and its partner organizations such
as the Southwest Transplant Alliance host a series of local, regional, and
national activities for the entire month of April to encourage Americans to
register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have
saved lives through the gift of donation.
for more information on organ donation.