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Posted by Erin Elizabeth (@er1nel1zabeth) · Mon, Aug 4 at 8:27am CST

Erin Elizabeth - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

I was diagnosed with cirrhosis two plus years ago. After a period of weeks of comprehending my road ahead, I began to search for ways to be more productive. For me, a cure will mean a liver transplant someday. The transplant statistics are scary, with 18 people dying every day due to the shortage of donor organs. In that fear lies a great opportunity for me to be as productive as I can be!

I became a transplant advocate group member with the LifeLink foundation, volunteering time at events to raise awareness. While my stamina for those events isn't always on-point, and given that their events are few and far between in my area, I decided to take to social media via a Twitter account (@Erin Elizabeth) which I use one hundred percent for raising Donate Life/Organ Donation awareness.

The impacts of social media can be boundless, I am excited with each "favorite" or "retweet" I get. Most recently, one of my posts was favorited and retweeted by one of the Real Housewives of NY who has over 115,000 followers! I was so happy for the possibilities that that one tweet could bring! After her retweet, I checked my bitlink statistics to see that 10 people had clicked the link! http://bit.ly/gift_life

I would love to learn how to be more effective using social media as I am passionately working to make a positive impact today for the 120,000+ people waiting on their life-saving gift. I would cherish and use what I learn to help serve the transplant community. If someday, my lottery numbers come in, I want to know I helped the greater community while I lived and waited for my gift of life.

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SM Scholarship 2014

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