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Jackson Heller of Lafayette has gained the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship, considered one of three organ transplant recipients of those increased training scholarships for 2020-21.
The scholarship is funded by means of the Transplant Basis, the charitable basis that helps the mission of Reward of Life Donor Program. Every year, the scholarship program points $2,500 awards to transplant recipients in search of increased training. The scholarship was created in reminiscence of coronary heart transplant recipient Jessica Beth Schwartz.
At simply two years outdated, Jackson was identified with Biliary Atresia, and his likelihood of survival was “slim to none.” In February 2004, he obtained a liver transplant. Now, 15 years later, Jackson lives his life like a standard teenager, spending time with pals and serving as soccer captain. He has made it his mission to teach his classmates and teammates on the significance of registering as an organ donor.
“I pledge on a regular basis that I let folks find out about my story in order that sooner or later, unlucky youngsters resembling myself will obtain the identical blessing and miracle that I did 15 years in the past,” Jackson stated.
Jackson plans on attending West Virginia College this fall.
Concerning the scholarship fund
Only a few days after she was born, Jessica Beth Schwartz was identified with a congenital coronary heart defect. Her coronary heart and physique started to decelerate by the age of 14. However due to somebody who stated sure to organ donation, Jessica was in a position to expertise eight and a half extra years of life.
“Every year I’m impressed by the difficult journey these younger women and men have skilled at such a younger age,” says Jessie’s mom and scholarship co-founder, Janice Schwartz-Donahue. “I’m grateful to have the chance to proceed to honor my daughter’s legacy by serving to these college students pursue increased training.”
A complete of 65 college students have been awarded scholarships because the fund was created in 2003 in her honor.
To be eligible for the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship, college students should be an organ or tissue transplant recipient beneath the age of 25, seniors in highschool, or be enrolled in a two or four-year school, college, commerce or technical college.
To contribute to the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund, or for extra data on scholarship standards, go to jessiesday.org.
Reward of Life Donor Program
Reward of Life Donor Program is the non-profit, federally-designated organ procurement group, working with 128 acute care hospitals and 15 transplant facilities to serve 11.2 million folks within the jap half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. For the previous 12 years, Reward of Life has coordinated essentially the most life-saving organs for transplant in america. Since 1974, Reward of Life has coordinated greater than 50,000 life-saving organs for transplant, and roughly 1.5 million tissue transplants have resulted from donors and their households. One organ donor can save the lives of as much as eight folks, and a tissue donor can enhance the lives of greater than 75 others. For extra data or to register, go to donors1.org.
“I pledge on a regular basis that I let folks find out about my story in order that sooner or later, unlucky youngsters resembling myself will obtain the identical blessing and miracle that I did 15 years in the past.” –Jackson Heller