SAAC Teams Up With Donate Life California

ROHNERT PARK, Calif.-  Jennifer Russo, President of the Sonoma State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) has announced that Seawolves' students will participate in the National Donation Campus Challenge, a partnership between organ and tissue donation organizations and college, universites, and other post-secondary institutions across the nation.

S.A.A.C. will organize and lead the effort on the Sonoma State campus and work specifically with the California Donor Transplant Network (CDTN) on the Donate Life California campaign.  The campaign runs until Friday, November 20th and the SSU student-athletes have a goal of reaching beyond their Rohnert Park campus to all of Sonoma County.

"As student-athletes, community research is something we are emphasizing this year," said Russo, a current women's basketball student-athlete.  "We area all very excited to be involved with such a special cause like Donate Life California.  I feel this is a program not many people are aware of.  Promoting this cause for organ donation and awareness to our campus community and Sonoma County is very important."

The easiest method for potential donors to sign up is online through the official website of the Sonoma State University Seawolves, www.sonomaseawolves.com.  A link will be provided to the sign-up page, www.donatelifecalifornia.org/sonomastateseawolves.  The student-athletes will also focus on donor sign-ups on campus by tabling each week.

Several upcoming women's volleyball and men's and women's soccer games have been designated as "Donor Games" to help promote the Donate Life California campaign and create donor awareness.  Community members that attend the following games can earn free admission to the game by signing up as an organ and tissue donor:


Saturday, October 10th, Volleyball vs. UC San Diego at the Wolves' Den, 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 11th, Men's and Women's Soccer vs. Cal State L.A. at Seawolf Field, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Why is this campaign so important?  Because each day, 78 Americans receive a life-saving organ transplant, and thousands more benefit from cornea and tissue transplants.  These extraordinary gifts have been generously donated by ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds who took just a few minutes in a busy day to indicate their decisions and become organ and tissue donors.  However, broader awareness of the need for organ donation is crucial, as more more than 100,000 people are currently awaiting an organ transplant in the United States and each week more than 100 people on the national transplant waiting list die because no organ is available.

* Here are some facts about organ, tissue, and eye donation:
* Each organ donor may save up to eight lives, and each tissue donor can enhance the quality of life for up to 50 people.
* The gift of life is ageless- anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, at any age.
* Most people are eligible to sign up on the donor registry- the medical criteria at the time of donation will determine eligibility.
* Cornea transplants have been successful for more than 100 years.
* Organ transplants have been successful for more than 50 years.

To learn more about organ and tissue donation or to register as an organ and tissue donor, simply visit www.organdonor.gov/campus or www.donatelifecalifornia.org/sonomastateseawolves.