As part of a soon-to-be launched push for organ and tissue registration on D.C. campuses, Georgetown’s members of The Donate Life Campus Advocates group plan on helping students sign up as donors in the coming weeks.

Donate Life encourages students to register as organ donors online as well as on their driver’s licenses, so that their decision to become an organ donor cannot be overturned by anyone else in the future. If a potential donor only signs the back of his or her driver’s license, that decision can be reversed by family members.

“We hope this will be a learning experience for all and that we will capture a lot of people’s attention about the incredible gift of organ and tissue transplant,” member Andrea Fischlowitz (NHS ’10) wrote in an e-mail.

Fischlowitz, in addition to participating in the Donate Life Campus Advocates, also volunteers with the Washington Regional Transplant Community, the organizers of the Donate Life D.C. Campus Challenge.

“College students in the Washington, D.C. area will have the opportunity to challenge rival schools in an organ/tissue donor designation drive aimed at increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors in the community,” according to the DLDC’s brochure.

Maddie Mulvihill (COL ’11), a contributing writer to The Hoya’s news section and a student involved with the Campus Advocates, explained that the group does not want to force anyone into signing up as a donor.

“We acknowledge that becoming an organ and tissue donor is a highly sensitive and personal decision, and so our goal is not to recruit donors but to educate the community,” Mulvihill said in an e-mail. “The Campus Challenge is an outlet for us to achieve this goal.”

Slated to begin in April, the challenge will continue nationally through the fall of 2010.

The Donate Life Campus Advocates group is a branch of Georgetown Donors, which works in conjunction with the Red Cross to bring blood drives to campus. Its members hope to educate Georgetown’s student community about organ donation and ways to register as a donor.

Registration events will take place in Sellinger Lounge on April 8 and 14.

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