Purdue guest speakers and students address organ donation

Two guests speakers visited Purdue Tuesday evening to talk about the importance and innovation of organ donation.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 11:59 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two guest speakers visited Purdue Tuesday evening to talk about the importance and innovation of organ donation.

Student Organ Donation Advocates of Purdue organized the event to coincide with Purdue's sesquicentennial and April being recognized as 'donate life' month.

The mission of the club is to save lives and raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation at Purdue and in Greater Lafayette.

A Purdue Alum and lung transplant recipient shared his story Tuesday and the COO of Indiana Donor Network spoke about TxJet, a nonprofit organization that flies organ donations around the country in a faster and safe method.

Both gave their message about the significance of organ donation

"The result of their efforts may not be seen but over time it will be astronomical the lives that they could save," said lung transplant recipient John Rigsby.

"Look at what amazing things can be done for organ donation," said the COO of Indiana Donor Network, Steve Johnson. "Look at the lives it saves and when I say it saves lives I mean not just the recipient, its those families."


This is the Student Organ Donation Advocates first campus event.

It will have a registration and information table outside of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center for Purdue's Day of Giving Wednesday, April 24th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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