It’s Time To Advocate

Scholarship Entrant: Lori from Portland, Oregon
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Lori: 42

If I could earn a living as an advocate for heart transplantation in young adults and children, I would speak to as many people I could in order to make the transplant community more well known.

Every year people die from lack of transplantation and every year we’re dealing with less and less donors. With advocates of heart transplants and organ donation such as myself, we can create an environment where pre-transplant patients could go for information regarding the beginning process of transplantation, what happens directly after-including information on different outcomes such as those with complications. The more information we can give to those involved in transplantation, the better and safer they’ll feel.

Since my heart transplant in June of 2013, I’ve been an active supporter for organ donation and have had many friends sign up to be organ donors, not just in their state, but nationwide.

My dream job would be to make money while expressing my enthusiasm for organ donation advocacy. I believe if more people knew about organ transplantation, harvesting and donating, they would be more interested in signing up to be a donor. More patients would receive organs. More patients would live longer lives. More patients would become advocates for their diseases and transplantation.

I’m attending college to pursue a nursing degree in order to help advocate and express interest in organ transplantation amongst patients. Although I have a while to go until I start my nursing career, I still talk to those interested in listening.

Vote for Lori: 42

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