YSU group seeks to recruit organ donors

YOUNGSTOWN — Jeremy Cuevas says it’s not easy to persuade people to sign an organ donor card.

That’s the toughest part of the effort to register 8,169 new organ donors in Mahoning and Trumbull counties by May 1, said the senior political science major at Youngstown State University.

Cuevas, a Youngstown native, is a member of the YSU chapter of the American Humanics Student Association which has taken on the task of securing organ donors locally.

The drive, organized by Donate Life Ohio, involves 13 Ohio college and universities in a “Do It Now!” donor registration campaign.

YSU’s participation was launched last fall by a marketing and research class taught by Dr. Jane Reid. Those students took the drive across campus and into the community and, when the class ended with the fall semester, Reid asked the American Humanics Student Association, which she advises, to take on the task this spring.

The association is made up of students who are preparing for careers working for nonprofit agencies, and Cuevas said about a dozen YSU students are actively involved in the donor registration effort.

Statistics show that most Ohioans think organ donation is a good idea, but getting them to make the decision to sign up isn’t always easy, Cuevas said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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