If students didn't come to check out the band on playing on Central Campus, it might have been for the free pizza. Either way, most walked away with more knowledge on organ donation, which was the Public Relations Student Society of America's plan.
The group works with the Iowa Donor Network and My Angel Foundation every year to coordinate events to generate awareness and bring truth to myths about organ donation that Iowa State students, faculty and staff might have.
"It was a very successful event," said Hanna Johansen, Greenlee School junior and PRSSA public relations director. "We exceeded expectations for the number of people who attended it and we got over 100 students sign up for donor cards and more information."
This year they made a much louder statement than in the past by having The Sun Company play a two-hour set on Central Campus to help catch the attention of those who might otherwise walk by.
"They were really excited to participate in the event, because they’re all organ donors," Johansen said.
The main goal of the event wasn't to just increase the number of donors in Iowa, Johansen said, but to encourage discussions about organ donations among members of the Iowa State community. This discussion was furthered by a guest speaker PRSSA brought to speak about his experience with organ donation.
Troy Dejoode told his story of how he became a living donor to save his son's life, after his wife and three children were involved in an automobile accident. Dejoode lost his five-year-old son and infant daughter in the fatal crash, but decided that both would be organ donors. Together his children saved several lives, young and old and Dejoode spoke of the consolation his family received from their tremendous loss from the fact that six people were saved through the donation of his children's organs. His moving story illustrated the importance of becoming an organ donor and helped PRSSA to increase the discussion of the topic at Iowa State.