WAUSAU, Wisc. (April 8, 2013) – In an effort to increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors in Wisconsin, Rasmussen College is hosting a Donate Life Month event at the Wausau campus on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The College is partnering with the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation service and the American Tissue Services Foundation to educate the community about the need for organ and tissue donations and explain the donation process.
“Wisconsin is unique because our online donor registration system is only three years old,” said Tammie Rogers, Rasmussen College Nursing Faculty member. “We were the 48th state to launch an online donor registration system, which allows people to now legally register as a donor.”
In Wisconsin, more than 2,200 people are waiting for an organ transplant. The greatest need is kidney donations in both Wisconsin and around the nation. Other organs that can be transplanted include the heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and intestine. Anyone can register to be a donor, even if you have a pre-existing condition and there is no cost to the donor’s family or estate. Currently, there are 1.6 million registered donors in Wisconsin, less than half of eligible donors. At the event, organ transplant experts will walk people through the registration process.
“As a former ICU nurse, I’ve had to ask family members if they’d like to donate their loved ones organs,” said Rogers. “It’s never an easy question to ask because the family is also trying to deal with the loss of their loved one. The better time for that decision to be made is right now, by the patients themselves, so they know their wishes will be carried out.”
Rasmussen College invites the public to learn more about the organ donation process and hear from both donor families and recipients from the Wausau area on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Room 101. The campus is located at 1101 Westwood Drive, Wausau, WI 54401.
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