WSU goes for tenth straight win in Gift of Life Campus Challenge

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2020 Gift of Life kickoff event (photo taken pre-pandemic)

Wayne State University is once again competing to win the Gift of Life Campus Challenge, sponsored by Gift of Life Michigan. The challenge encourages people to sign up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, giving hope to those in need of a lifesaving organ or life-healing tissue transplant. Register to be an organ donor now.

Wayne State has won the competition for the past nine years and is looking to do it again by adding the most names to the donor registry. WSU has registered over 5,000 people to Michigan’s organ donor registry over the past nine years.

Since 2012, WSU’s Gift of Life campaign has been spearheaded by Beverly and Tim Butler, associate professor of global supply chain management, who lost their daughter, Rebecca Joy Butler, in May 2011 while waiting for a lung transplant. Rebecca was a marketing student at WSU and a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

Alpha Gamma Delta, with the help of other student organizations, has led WSU’s efforts in the Campus Challenge through emails, social media, posters and at donor registry stations across campus. This year, all efforts will be virtual. Alpha Gamma Delta’s 2021 student co-chairs are Erin Coburn and Chelsea Styma.

Since 2016, WSU has partnered with police departments in the community to honor fallen Sgt. Collin Rose, who in his final act of service saved or improved the lives of up to 70 people through organ and tissue donation. Police officers are encouraged to register as well.

WSU launched this year’s challenge with a virtual event on Jan. 20 before the competition officially opened on Jan. 21.

To sign up for the donor registry and support Wayne State in the Campus Challenge, visit giftoflifemichigan.org/go/wayne. The competition ends at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 18. To see the current standings, visit giftoflifemichigan.org/campus-challenge.

For more information, visit the Wayne State Gift of Life Facebook page.

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