Importance of Organ Donation Stressed

Example of Walker Wilbanks shows the help donations can give through groups like MORA.

Students gathered in the Fortenberry Theatre on Tuesday, March 22, to attend a presentation given by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Organization (MORA). MORA is a non-profit organization that promotes organ donation in Mississippi. During the forum, students were informed of the annual 8k race that raises donations and awareness for the cause.

Many people at Prep may not know that Walker Wilbanks, the Prep junior who passed away in August 2015, was an organ donor. Mr. David Wilbanks, Walker’s father, spoke to the audience about the importance of organ donation and encouraged students to attend the 8k race to support the cause. The recipient of Walker’s right kidney and pancreas also came from Gulf Shores, Alabama to share how organ donation impacted her life.

Also included in the forum was the presentation of the MORA scholarships. Students who applied to the scholarship were required to write essays about their experience with MORA. Winners of the scholarship were seniors Worth Eskrigge, Kara Cook, Thomas Rogers, and Creed Franklin.


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