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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu

FAU Attempts to Break Guinness Book World Record through Human Ribbon Formation

In Support of Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness

                BOCA RATON, FL (November 16, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service (CCES) recently attempted to set a Guinness Book World Record in partnership with the statewide Get Carded program for the largest human ribbon formation.

With more than 750 in attendance, nearly 500 FAU students, faculty and staff dressed in green T-shirts and lined up in a designated area to create a green human ribbon in support of organ and tissue donation. Deacon Paul Gaucher from St. Joann of Arc Catholic Church and U.S. State Representative Ari Porth served as witnesses. The unofficial record, set in 2003, is held by the University of Central Florida with 300 people.

“This event was made possible thanks to the support of many FAU students, faculty and staff from all FAU campuses,” said Monica Jara, assistant director of CCES.   “We accomplished our goal in raising awareness about organ donation in our FAU community, and we look forward to more opportunities to come.”

Participants were required to sign a form to document their involvement with the event. Once everyone was in position, a two-minute moment of silence was held to complete the world record attempt in support of those who await the gift of life. Heart recipient Steven Cutler also shared his story about the importance of organ donation. It will take six to eight weeks for the Guinness Book to validate the record.  

The event is part of the statewide Get Carded campaign aimed at reminding people to learn the facts and make a decision regarding donation. Those who attended this event also had the opportunity to designate their wishes as organ and tissue donors, and 150 participants did so.   The campaign is focused on educating the campus communities of seven universities throughout Florida on the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Today, there are nearly 100,000 children and adults in the United States awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Hundreds of thousands more patiently await the gift of tissue donation.

For more information on the event, contact the Center for Civic Engagement and Service at 561-297-3607. For more information on organ and tissue donation, contact Josie Flores with Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency at 305-243-1087. For more information on Get Carded, visit www.getcarded.org .

-FAU-

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