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The Center for Organ Recovery & Education Teams Up with WVU Students for Organ Donation Sign Up Drive on Campus

Pittsburgh, November 4, 2013The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of New York, is excited to partner with West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Maniacs, the premiere student group for Mountaineer athletics and the largest student group on campus, to launch the WVU Organ Donation Challenge. The challenge aims to sign up enough new organ donors to fill the entire WVU stadium.

“At CORE, we believe that working with the WVU Mountaineer Maniacs is a wonderful opportunity to emphasize the importance of organ, tissue and cornea donation among young people,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “As the Mountaineer Maniacs work to spread the word about donation on campus, we hope they can encourage their peers to make a Pledge for Life by signing up to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor. Through this, they will have assisted us in educating the public about this important cause.”

Through November 8, the Mountaineer Maniacs will be encouraging donor sign-ups at a booth in the Mountainlair and through social media (@WVUMANIACS). Those who haven’t already registered to become a donor can sign up by visiting: http://pledge.core.org/wvu.

Nationally, more than 120,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant. For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved.

For more information about CORE, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

About CORE
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

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