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FOX 2 News segment highlights Gift of Life Campus Challenge at WSU

February 19, 2013


In 2012, Wayne State University students came together to support the Gift of Life Campus Challenge, in memory of Rebecca Joy Butler, a 20-year-old student who died while waiting for a transplant. Butler was pursuing a marketing degree at Wayne State when she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease. She learned that more than 100,000 people were waiting for transplants and made it her mission to start a donor registry at Wayne State. She was waiting for her own lung transplant when she died in May 2011. In memory, Rebecca's parents and sorority sisters started a campus-wide campaign to increase the number of registered organ donors. Wayne State University ended up with 1,133 supporters and won the Gift Of Life Campus Challenge. Wayne State is among 15 Michigan colleges and universities competing to have the most people join the state's donor registry.