Illini Stories: Laura DeBruler

August 24, 2012

All-American athlete Laura DeBruler received donor tissue which allows her to continue playing the game that she loves.
Photo courtesy of the Daily Illini

Laura DeBruler is a decorated athlete and currently the volunteer assistant volleyball coach at the University of Illinois. In 2009, DeBruler was named a First-Team All-American volleyball player in her junior year.  Unfortunately, her career was cut short midway through her senior season when she tore her ACL in a match against the University of Michigan.  Laura continued to have knee issues even after the ACL was repaired. It was then that doctors told DeBruler that she needed donor tissue to reconstruct her knee. “As a result of my injury, I needed donor tissue to fill a nickle-sized hole in my cartilage. Now, because someone said ‘Yes’ to organ and tissue donation, I hope to get back on the court and enjoy the game that I love.”

Help Gift of Hope and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign set the Guinness World Record for most organ donor registrations in a day. You can stop by the Gift of Hope booth on the Quad on August 26th or you can register online TODAY at IlliniforHope.org.

-Josh Muller, PR/Marketing Coordinator with Gift of Hope

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Illini Stories: Professor Brian Quick

August 23, 2012

U of I professor Brian Quick with his father.

Brian Quick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Quick is an advocate for organ and tissue donation and has served as the principle investigator for several federal grants focused on increasing donor designation rates. But, he also has a very personal connection to organ and tissue donation.  In 1992, his father received a lifesaving kidney transplant. “Organ donation, for me, is very personal.” Quick continues, “Had my father not received a kidney transplant, he would never have seen me graduate from high school or college. He would have never met my wife or my two boys.”

Help Gift of Hope and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign set the Guinness World Record for most organ donor registrations in a day.  You can stop by the Gift of Hope booth on the Quad on August 26th or you can register online TODAY at IlliniforHope.org.

-Josh Muller, PR/Marketing Coordinator with Gift of Hope


Illini Stories: The Deterding Family

August 21, 2012

The Deterding family supports organ donation and you should too.

The Deterding family bleeds orange and blue. Robyn has spent more than 25 years at the University of Illinois and is currently Director of Campus Recreation in Urbana-Champaign. Her daughter, Hannah, recently graduated with a BSW and represented the university on the National Runner-Up Women’s Volleyball Team. The Deterding family also supports organ and tissue donation. In 2000, they lost Teddy – their beloved son and brother – in a tragic accident. Through organ and tissue donation, he was able to help others. They now support donation as a way to honor Teddy and remember his legacy of life. “Organ donation is the ultimate gift,” says Robyn, “You may be able to help a family have more time with their loved one.”

Join others within the University of Illinois community. You can help save lives by REAFFIRMING or REGISTERING your decision to be an organ and tissue donor at www.IlliniforHope.org!

– Josh Muller, PR/Marketing Coordinator at Gift of Hope


Gift of Hope & University of Illinois Make History

August 20, 2012

The University of Illinois Chancellor and Vice Chancellor want to break the world record and you can help! Register at http://www.IlliniforHope.org!

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in conjunction with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for registering the most people as organ donors in a single day (eight hours) on Sunday, August 26. The current world record is 765 registrations. We hope to make history and save lives by doubling or even tripling this mark!

This lifesaving campaign is a collaborative effort being spearheaded by Campus Recreation and the University Police Department. Staff members within both of these departments have been personally touched by donation. Robyn Deterding, Illinois’ Director of Campus Recreation, knows all too well about the importance of organ and tissue donation. When she lost her son, Teddy, 12 years ago in a tragic accident, Deterding and her family were able to provide hope and life to others through donation.

“Organ and tissue donation gave my family a bright light at a very dark time,” Deterding said. “I challenge all University of Illinois students, faculty and alumni to help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors on August 26th. Let’s show the world that the University of Illinois believes in the power of organ and tissue donation and is committed to transforming lives, not only inside the classroom, but outside of the classroom, as well.”

The Deterding Family

University of Illinois students and staff can be part of this record-setting effort by registering as an organ donor at Gift of Hope’s registration booths at Quad Day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and at the Taste of Nevada from 4 – 7 p.m. But, if you are not on campus, you can still be a part of the Illinois community of organ and tissue donors by registering or reaffirming your decision to save lives at www.IlliniforHope.org.

Help us save lives and break the world record by REGISTERING or REAFFIRMING your decision to be and organ and tissue donor at www.IlliniforHope.org. Or, if you are on campus, stop by our booth on August 26th!

– Josh Muller, PR/Marketing Coordinator at Gift of Hope


Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge – Week 5 Update

November 11, 2009

campuschallenge09Thanks to student involvement on campuses across the state, we have registered more than 1,000 lifesaving organ/tissue donors in this year’s Challenge!

One week remains and Kankakee Community College still holds on to the top spot. Following very close behind is University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Illinois University. We’re definitely in for a close race to the end!

This past week, The Journal Gazette in Mattoon published this excellent story and this great great editorial that discusses EIU’s involvement in the Challenge, mentioning a recent campus presentation from Joslyn Osten, senior public education coordinator with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network.

Stayed tuned for final results next week and the announcement of the winning schools!

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Total = 1,008 lifesaving registrations!

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Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge – Week 2 Update

October 20, 2009

campuschallenge09The 2009 Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge continues to steamroll ahead! Kankakee Community College has jumped into the lead with Eastern Illinois University currently in second place.

Some nice media stories are also continuing to help spread the word on the Challenge. Last week, the Champaign News-Gazette did a nice follow up story about UIUC’s involvement as did the Daily Illini. EIU’s Daily Eastern News also did a great editorial supporting the issue as did Loyola University’s Phoenix editorial board.

Currently, 354 students have registered as part of the Challenge. Keep your eyes peeled as we have some more exciting Challenge outreach initiatives coming up in the weeks ahead.

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Kankakee Community College students gear up for some registration action.

Kankakee Community College students gear up for some registration action.

-Scott

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Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge – Week 1 Update

October 14, 2009

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The 2009 Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge started off with a bang last week as colleges across the state tallied up 168 total registrations. It’s a close race as Eastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University and Kankakee Community College have taken the top three spots. Check out the graph below for a full breakdown.

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In addition, the Daily Eastern News wrote an excellent article about Carissa Coon’s (yes, sister of Bill Coon) campus outreach efforts. We’ve included a few photos below of Carissa and team in action.

The Champaign News-Gazette also did a nice story about the University of Illinois’ Challenge involvement and the Loyola Phoenix published a stellar editorial today in support of the issue.

Carissa Coon registering fellow EIU students.

Carissa Coon registering fellow EIU students.

Registration table.

Registration table.

Keep up the great work everyone!

-Scott

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