This coming Saturday (Nov. 14) will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of West Virginia University student Nolan Burch, a freshman pre-sport management major from Williamsville, NY.

In remembrance, the Interfraternity, Panhellenic and National Pan-Hellenic Greek councils will sponsor an informational booth in the Mountainlair on Wednesday (Nov. 11) and Thursday (Nov. 12) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help increase awareness about organ and tissue donation.

“Nolan Burch was a hero because he saved others’ lives even when his life was lost,” said Elana Zambori, a junior English major and incoming president of the Panhellenic Council.

“We are honoring him and the gift he gave to others by encouraging our fellow students to consider becoming organ donors, as well as collecting donations for Center for Organ Recovery and Education, an organization that helps other donors’ families deliver that gift,” said Zambori.

Burch helped save the lives of four individuals in need of an organ transplant by donating both kidneys, both lungs and his liver.

“We are proud of our students for taking the initiative to remember their fellow student, Nolan, by organizing outreach this week through the Center for Organ Recovery and Education,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said.

Greek members will discuss and hand out information on CORE, a not-for-profit organ procurement organization.
According to CORE, more than 123,000 people need lifesaving organ transplant. By donating organs, one individual can help up to eight people, while tissue donors can improve the lives of up to 50 people.

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