Love, Live, Give

HACC, Health Sciences

When: Now through November 22, 2019

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Hillsdale Area Career Center HOSA Chapter

Students in Health Sciences at the HACC are participating in Gift of Life Challenge. The goal is to sign up tissue and organ donors. You will see our students at various events around the county. Please see the information below to help you make an informed decision.

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Student Chairperson: Isabella Domack

Instructor: Jennifer Tharp

Press Release

Future health professionals save and heal lives through Gift of Life HOSA Challenge

Second annual competition inspires creative ways to motivate students to donate

Hillsdale Area Career Center (HACC)Health Science students are competing in a statewide challenge with other Michigan HOSA chapters to register new organ and tissue donors and inspire support for donation. HOSA chapters are part of the former Health Occupation Students of America, the organization now known as HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

The Gift of Life HOSA Challenge, an organ and tissue donor drive competition, runs today through November 22. For the next three weeks, students are signing up people to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Members of the public can sign up on the Donor Registry in honor of the HACC scoring a point for the chapter.

In addition to registering new donors, students will encourage their classmates, teachers and supporters to sign up through various activities and events designed to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. At the end of the competition, awards will be presented to the chapter with the most new donor registrations and the chapter with the most activities completed in support of donation.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Michigan HOSA to save and heal lives here in Michigan,” said Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s organ and tissue recovery program. “The energy and enthusiasm of these students is inspiring. Last year they registered 816 new donors in three weeks! Their efforts give hope to the nearly 3,000 residents in our state waiting for life-saving organ transplants.”

According to Jennifer Tharp, the HACC HOSA advisor, “our students are excited to take part in this challenge. Our Chapters Challenge slogan is “Share the Gift of Life: Love, Give, Live”. Please help us reach our goal of 350 newly registered donors.

Samantha Pohl, assistant director of Michigan HOSA, added: “With over 7,000 HOSA members spread across the state, this challenge is a fun way to make our organization feel more cohesive, all while spreading awareness of organ donation. We are thankful for this opportunity with Gift of Life and appreciate them taking an interest in future health professionals.”

To sign up in honor of HACC HOSA students, visit https://www.giftoflifemichigan.org/become-donor?tag=hacchosa

Winners and participating schools will be recognized at the HOSA State Leadership Conference.

· A full list of participating HOSA chapters is available at golm.org/hosa.

· Student leaders from each chapter are available for interviews. Please contact Alison Gillum with Gift of Life for more information.

· Gift of Life Michigan is the state’s federally designated organ and tissue recovery program, which acts as intermediary between donors, their families, hospital staff and transplant centers. Gift of Life Michigan, in collaboration with Eversight, provides all services necessary for organ, tissue and eye donation.