February 9, 2011
by Betsy Chapman
The campus was buzzing yesterday at the news of baseball coach Tom Walter donating his kidney to player Kevin Jordan. Word spread through Wake Forest web pages, Facebook and Twitter, and people have been really moved by this inspirational story.
Upon hearing the news, one of our Parents’ Council members called the Office of Parent Programs about National Donor Day, which is held on February 14th. While many commemorate Valentine’s Day with cards, candy and flowers, National Donor Day encourages people to give the ultimate gift of love by signing up to become organ and tissue donors. With the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Valentine’s Day has been designated as National Organ Donor Day to raise awareness of the lives that can be touched — potentially more than 50 at a time — through one person becoming an organ and tissue donor.
If you were inspired by this story and wish to be included in the National Organ Donor registry (so that your organs can be made available for transplantation upon death), you can sign up online. You will need to select your state. You can also sign up to be an organ donor when you renew your driver’s license at your local DMV.
The Office of Family Engagement provides information and support to Wake Forest parents, guardians, grandparents, and family members. The office maintains the Family Engagement Page of the Wake Forest website, which is the primary vehicle of communication with families, as well as our Facebook and Twitter presence.