It’s a bit of a flurry here at the DLI camp as we’re bustling along with our Drive for 3.5. Last week lead us to stops at Midwestern University and Northern Illinois University. It was fantastic to catch up with Anne Sadofsky and Rodney Fullmer, our two Students for Organ Donation contacts at Midwestern that recently set up an official chapter. Rodney used to work as a Tissue Coordinator at Lifeline of Ohio so it was great to hear about his experiences and share ideas about promoting organ donation.
In addition, the American Cancer Society was nice enough to allow us to have a registration table at their Relay for Life event at NIU last Friday. I had previously never attended a Relay event and it was certainly a sight to behold. One could really feel the community and overall sense of camraderie amongst the Relay crowd. Given all that NIU has been through in the past couple months, it was great to have such an upbeat event and to receive such positive feedback from the students. We were blown away by the number of students that were already aware of the campaign and had re-registered last semester. Huge thanks to Hillary Kirschbaum and her Student Nurses Organization for coordinating our presence and doing some amazing outreach on their campus this year.
Overdue, but I also wanted to call attention to a great effort from Donate Life Illinois Volunteer Area Leader Andy Ross for setting up a registration drive in Glen Ellyn on April 5. Andy filled us in with the following recap:
Donate Life Illinois mascot Morgan D’ Organ and Donate Life Illinois Volunteers celebrated National Donate Life Month on April 5. The B.R. Bryall YMCA and the Glen Ellyn Public Library welcomed Donate Life Illinois Volunteers to help register Illinois residents in the new registry.
Secretary of State Jesse White joined Donate Life Illinois at the Glen Ellyn Donor Day to help register more than 70 people!