As a Public Relations senior at Louisiana State University, our capstone course is Public Relations Campaigns. In this class, we are split in to two groups who become actual companies. These companies come up with a name, logo and choose a nonprofit to become our client. My company, Precision PR chose to partner with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) because we love the mission and want to do all we can to help save lives. Our main goal is to get as many people registered as organ donors in the state os Louisiana as we can.
On Friday, myself and two of my group members were invited to "Breakfast with 2une In" on WBRZ news for promo for the organization. This was a great experience for us. Not only did we get some publicity for the cause, but we got to meet some amazing people with such inspiring stories. These people are only alive today because of someone else's decision to become an organ donor. Although the donors are no longer alive, they still live on through these people, and it's just mind-blowing to me that such a thing is possible.
This is Justice. He received a heart transplant and is now able to do all the things that he couldn't do before like run, play sports and do everything else that kids his age can do.
It's one thing to read statistics and see the data of the transplant waiting list and hear stories, but it's completely different to actually meet the people whose lives have been touched. They are living testimonies.
We also met a girl whose younger brother died at the age of 4 and donated his organs. It's such a tragedy that he lost his life at such a young age, but he was able to give life to a recipient that came all the way from Japan.
So many people choose to opt out of organ donation because of the myths and preconceived notions associated with the process. We really want to educate everyone on all the benefits and dispel those myths. One person has the potential to save up to nine lives. Have the conversation and make the decision now.
I'm so honored to be a part of this campaign. Even though this is part of a class assignment, this is truly a work of heart. I feel great to know that Im helping to save lives.
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