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You Might Be Surprised At What This University Club Promotes

How this group of students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania got involved in a cause that could save lives.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in Indiana, PA, offers lots of extracurricular activities, like club sports, special interest clubs and now... an organ donation club.

It might seem like a strange focus for a club, but considering the high demand for organ donors, it's certainly a worthwhile cause. The Organ Donation Awareness Club at IUP was founded by Jared Swansboro, a junior who has had experience with organ donation since his youth.

Organs from one donor can save up to eight lives.Image by David Mark from Pixabay

"My mom's a nurse and she's been invested in the cause and has worked with CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education), and I've always helped with awareness campaigns and have helped with things like that," Swansboro told the Indiana Gazette. "When I got here to IUP, I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to get something like that going here."

After several months of drafting up a constitution and bylaws, The Organ Donation Awareness Club was approved by the university and recognized as an official student organization.

The club has already organized several events to promote organ donation, even ranking second in a statewide organ donation awareness challenge. "There's a prize for the group that spreads the most awareness so we're trying to hold as many events and get the word out as much as possible," said Swansboro. "It's really great that we're in second in the whole state for being such a new group."

According to, 113,000+ men, women and children are on national transplant waiting lists. 20 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.

Hopefully the awareness raised by this new club will help more people get the life-saving medical help they need.

How can you start something good?

You can do your part to help by registering as an organ donor when you renew your driver's license or signing up to be a donor with Donate Life America.

Already a donor? Organizations like CORE and Donate Life welcome donations to help support their donor education efforts.

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