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Althoff welcomes fifth grade class determined to get more organ donors

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) welcomed the fifth grade class from Alden Hebron Elementary School to the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 21.  The class was in Springfield to present an organ donation project they have been working on to Illinois legislators. 


“This class has shown a dedication and a passion to raise awareness and spread the word that more organ donors are needed to save lives,” Sen. Althoff said.  “I’m excited that they traveled here to share with our state legislators and many others at the Capitol this important message.  I’m in awe that kids their age have shown such commitment, and I’m inspired by their desire to help this cause.”


The project began as a six-week service learning project, but it has turned into a yearlong endeavor.  The presentation aims to raise awareness for the need of organ donors.  The class was particularly struck by the statistic that 18 people die a day waiting for an organ transplant. 


The class made their presentation to Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White during a visit he made to the school this past November, when he encouraged them to travel to Springfield and make the same presentation at the Capitol.  With the help of Sen. Althoff, they made the trip to Springfield. 


“The presentation from these fifth graders on organ and tissue donation was impressive and inspiring,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, the head of the state’s Organ/Tissue Donor Registry.

 

“I commend and thank them for their commitment to educating the public on the need for organ/tissue donation,” he continued.  “One donor can save or improve the lives of up to 25 people. I’m confident that if more people actively engaged in awareness efforts like Alden Hebron Elementary School, our registration rates would increase and more people would get a second chance at life.”

 

During their visit, the students made their presentation in the Secretary of State’s office, spoke with legislators, and held their own press conference. 

In addition to their presentation, the class paired up with the Donna Frett Organ Donation Foundation and hosted a 5K Walk/Run on May 10 to benefit the foundation. 

 

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