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Christian Sutton, who graduates with a bachelor’s diploma in communications-public relations, takes his duties as a volunteer ambassador for Sierra Donor Services very significantly. In any case, the work of organ procurement organizations is what saved his life. When Sutton was 2 years outdated, he obtained a coronary heart transplant.
For his dedication to this nonprofit, Sutton obtained the Neighborhood Engagement Medal from CSUF’s Center for Internships and Community Engagement.
“I’ve a private connection to the work I do,” he stated. “I used to be given the reward of life 23 years in the past and I don’t take at some point as a right.”
When the pandemic hit, Sutton found he wanted to determine a method to full his internship remotely. Working with the School of Communications and Sierra Donor Providers, he was capable of develop a program the place he might present service to the group and nonetheless obtain internship credit score.
“We principally created a public schooling internship that might proceed even after I served my hours,” he stated. “I used to be the ‘inaugural intern’ however I had seven years of expertise volunteering as an envoy, in order that helped.”
As an envoy, Sutton served as an advocate and educator, telling others about organ donation and dispelling myths. For example, there aren’t any age limits to being a donor (the oldest organ donor was 98, the oldest tissue donor was 101), the one medical situation that may preclude somebody from donating is that if they’ve sepsis or an energetic most cancers (most cancers survivors could donate), and most religions don’t prohibit organ donations (actually, many consider it’s an act of charity and benevolence).
Sutton selected to main in communications as a result of he knew storytelling is an enormous a part of reaching out to potential donors.
“I discuss my expertise and the way I’ve been capable of stay involved with the donor household who helped save my life,” he stated. “Folks reply to private tales, and I wish to display the ability that organ and tissue donation has to avoid wasting lives. After which we encourage them to register and to debate their needs with household and buddies.”
He even wrote about his volunteer work in a blog post for the Public Relations Scholar Society of America.
Upon his commencement, Sutton will head to Florida to serve an internship with Walt Disney World. He hopes to have the ability to mix his two passions — schooling about organ donation and Disney — in his future, maybe working at Disney whereas volunteering with a donor program.
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