Libby Hankins' UWA classmates register hundreds of organ donors
LIVINGSTON, Ala. —
It's an organ donor campaign with remarkable results.
Classmates at The University of West Alabama wanted to remember Libby Hankins. The UWA cheerleader, and double-lung transplant recipient, died of cystic fibrosis last month.
Kaley Akin is a cheerleader at UWA. She said her former teammate, Libby Hankins, was the best motivator of them all.
"When we all came in she had that contagious laugh and smile and came up and gave us all a hug," Akin remembered.
Libby would've graduated this spring. Her legacy on campus thrives.
Every April at UWA, Sigma Pi has a Donate Life campaign.
"At the beginning of the year I knew I wanted to incorporate Libby, because she just had her double-lung transplant in the month of April," UWA Sigma Pi member Will Tittle told ABC 33/40 News.
Tittle asked Libby's sorority sisters at Phi Mu to join the mission.
"It was really important because we know she was given extra time in her life to do the things that she wanted to do," said Libby's sorority sister, Paige Miller.
What happened next--shocked everyone involved. In year's past, 30 people signed up to become organ donors for the annual campaign. This year, 12 days in, the number is well in the hundreds.
"We said 500. We never thought we would reach 500," Miller said.
"Currently, we have 741 people. I never thought we'd have this much," Tittle added.
Kaley Akin is on that list.
April is National Donate Life Month. Sigma Pi at UWA has raised their goal to 1,500 signees.
You can sign up, or check the campaign's progress, at UWA Sigma Pi's Donate Life page.