SODA's 5k Walk/Run...for their lives!
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SODA: Student Organ Donation Advocates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that inspires and supports student-led organ donation education and registration efforts through high school and college chapters.

 

 In the United States, there are 112,568 people on the waiting list for an organ donation, and only 19,267 transplants occurred last year. SODA: Student Organ Donation Advocates recognizes the critical organ donation shortage in the United States and aims to reduce that shortage by inspiring students across the country to educate themselves about organ donation, advocate for becoming a donor, and register as donors themselves.  

SODA believes students are an untapped population with the potential to help reduce the critical organ shortage. Since 2014, SODA has been partnering with Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) across the country in order to support student-led organ donation advocacy chapters as they conduct education and registration initiatives within their local campuses and communities. SODA connects chapters to local OPO resources, provides supplies to host events and spread awareness, and reimburses event expenses.

 

Making a contribution to SODA will directly impact SODA’s growth and chapters' ability to increase the lifesaving results of SODA mission.

 

Help us advocate for organ donation today by participating in and promoting our Virtual 5k Walk/Run...for their lives! 

To participate and interact even more, download the Strava app on your phone, and join our club to track and share your run!

 

Organ transplants save lives! Here are some stories describing why people are passionate about organ donation advocacy:

Matt Thomas's dad was critically ill until he received three separate life-saving transplants. It was because of generous donors that his dad is alive. Because of SODA, Matt has been able to connect with others who care about the lifesaving results of organ donation, advocate for organ donation in honor of his dad, and share his passion with his peers. Matt is the founder and current president of West Virginia University's SODA chapter.

Nicole Antaya was desperately in need of a lung transplant and was saved by a double lung donor. Today, she is able to spend time with family and friends, pursue her passion for cooking and gardening, and study social work. Because of SODA, she has been able to advocate for organ donation in honor of her donor and the gift she received and share her passion with her peers. Nicole is the founder and former president of Quinnipiac University's SODA chapter.

After living four years with a grueling, life-threatening illness, Roxanne Watson received a heart transplant. She thanks her donor for saving her life as well as the lives of four others. This one donor saved Roxanne with his heart, a seven-year-old Hispanic girl from Staten Island with his kidney, an 18-year-old African American boy from the Bronx with his other kidney, a 40-year-old Jewish lawyer from Manhattan with both of his lungs, and a 62-year-old Chinese Man from Chinatown with his liver. Since her transplant, Roxanne has been advocating for organ donation and supports SODA’s mission to educate and register students nationwide.

Sara Miller, SODA’s President and Founder, became an organ donation advocate at a young age. When she was 12 years old, her older sister, Laura, tragically and suddenly passed away from brain cancer. On the worst day of her life, Sara encouraged her parents to say ‘yes’ to organ donation. Little did Sara know that a 40-year-old special education teacher was dying of liver failure in upstate New York and would soon receive a life-saving organ from her sister. Sara believes student advocacy can reduce the organ shortage.

Please visit sodanational.org for more information. Register to be an organ donor at registerme.org/sodanational.

If you have any questions, please email us at fundraising@sodanational.org.

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