Maylee Graham is one of White County’s motivated youth, and her passion to volunteer, educate, and better her community may just save someone’s life one day.
Graham, who began learning about service to others and volunteerism when she became involved with pageants, holds the title of Miss Volunteer State and has based her platform on educating her community about the benefits of becoming an organ donor.
“My aunt’s life was saved by an organ donation,” Graham explained, “so this is close to my heart. I personally know how this makes a difference to so many people.”
Recently, Graham was invited to the Donate Life Tennessee Headquarters, in Nashville, where she had the opportunity to learn more about organ donation and discuss ways she can help educate her community about the benefits of organ donation.
“External Affairs Manager Sharon Pakis of Tennessee Donor Services took time out of her very busy day to explain so many things to me,” she said about her visit. “She was so nice and answered every question that I had.”
Graham said she intends to have a booth set up at the annual Liberty Square Celebration, in downtown Sparta, in October, in hopes of educating people about organ donor awareness.
“Ms. Sharon has even put this event on her calendar and is planning on coming to help me that day,” she said. “It is our hopes that we can successfully register people as organ donors and explain how the Donate Life organization works.”
Graham said her booth will be packed with information packets for those that simply want to know more about the process or need materials to read through before making a decision. Of course, for those who already know that they want to give the gift of life some day, registration will be quick and easy as well.
“I want people to learn all about the process. I want them to know just how many people just one person’s organs can save and benefit,” Graham said. “I hope that everyone will stop by and learn something. I want them to ask me how they can save a life.”
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