On average, 20 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. However, one organ donor can save up to eight lives at a time, proving the importance of being a registered organ donor.

This past semester, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Millersville University held their annual National Organ Donation Awareness Campaign (NODAC) in an effort to promote the positive impact of being a registered organ donor and dispel the many myths surrounding organ donation.

“Planning for this event started all the way back in December as we decided what theme and interactive station we wanted to have for the event,” said Chapter President and NODAC Committee Chair Alyssa Mancuso.

This year’s event, entitled “Miracle on George Street,” took place on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event featured various stations including “The Wheel of Awareness,” “It’s a Family Affair” photobooth, an organ donation myths table, a Gift of Life PA Table and much more. Information at the tables educated students on all aspects of being a registered organ donor.

At the conclusion of the event, the Millersville PRSSA chapter submitted a plan-book detailing their event to the Donate Life PA organization for a local NODAC competition, and on May 24 they were informed that they were selected as the grand-prize winner and the chapter received a $700 check.

“I am so incredibly proud of the commitment my committee and fellow PRSSA members contributed to this year’s campaign. Although winning this competition is amazing—ultimately I am so happy that we were able to spread a message regarding the importance of organ donation to students at Millersville,” said Mancuso.

The PRSSA chapter will be continuing on to the national competition hosted by the Rowan University PRSSA chapter. Results of the national competition will be announced at the national PRSSA conference taking place October 5-9.

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  1. Well done PRSSA! My friend just received a life saving kidney transplant. Thank you for helping to raise awareness of this important public health issue.

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