TROY’s School of Nursing to present organ donor awareness event on Wednesday

Students display Donate Life flag with Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. during last year's event.

Students display Donate Life flag with Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. during last year's event.

April is National Donate Life Month and Troy University’s School of Nursing will host an event on the Troy Campus on Wednesday to help raise awareness about organ donation and the process for becoming a donor.

TROY nursing students will be on the main quad beginning at 11 a.m., providing information and helping those who are interested in registering to become an organ donor.

“The Legacy of Hope National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003,” said Dr. Diane Young, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. “Observed in April each year, National Donate Life Month helps raise awareness about donation, encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.”

Wednesday’s event will mark the second annual awareness event on the Troy Campus. A program will begin at 1 p.m. in front of John R. Lewis Hall. The program will include remarks from Dr. LaGary Carter, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor; Dr. Kim Andrews, Lecturer in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and faculty sponsor for the TROY Chapter for Student Organ Donation Advocates (SODA); Jimmy and Lana Ward, who will share their experience with organ donation; Emalie Albert, SODA president;  and Abby Litovsky, Legacy of Hope representative.

Katie Hawkins Beall, a two-time TROY alumna and the oldest daughter of Dr. Hawkins and Troy First Lady Mrs. Janice Hawkins, received a liver transplant in 2017 and encouraged all to attend Wednesday’s event to learn more about becoming organ donors and giving the gift of life.

“When you are asked if you want to be an organ donor, nobody really knows what that means,” she said. “I would encourage people to come out from all areas of Pike County and beyond, if you are able, to take part in this awesome nursing program in honor of Donate Life America. I hope that you will open your ears and your eyes to realize I’m but one face of organ transplantation. What a great honor it would be to be able to donate life to somebody else, and I don’t think there are any other things on this planet that could be as important as giving that gift of life.”