IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
Miss Greater Des Moines Outstanding Teen to Honor Friend at Ankeny High School
Ankeny, IA - Miss Greater Des Moines Outstanding Teen, Kennedy Voss, will be holding a drive to recruit Ankeny High School students to register as organ donors this week, Wednesday through Friday. The event is honor of her friend, Dyamond Ott. Dyamond attended Ankeny High School prior to passing away from illness two year ago. Dyamond would have turned 21 this week.
At 13 years old, Dyamond received a liver and kidney from an 11 year old boy that was killed while riding his bike. Dyamond instantly become an advocate for donation, appearing in promotional videos and speaking publically about the importance of registering as a donor.
"Dyamond did so much to honor her donor, I want to do as much as I can to honor her," says Kennedy. "If we can get a few other high school students to register as donors, than I think we will have made a difference."
Kennedy and other volunteers from Iowa Donor will be on hand to talk with students about registering as a donor and answer questions about donation.
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Based in North Liberty, Iowa Donor Network is the fully accredited and federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Iowa. Certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, IDN coordinates with health care professionals, funeral directors and others involved in the donation process. IDN also works with donor families before, during and after donation, to educate, support, and help families work through their grief. For more information, log on to www.IowaDonorNetwork.org, or call (800) 831-4131.