- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
By Ellee Sidebottom
UK Physical Therapy (PT) students are teaming up with other PT programs in the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium to focus on a service project for organ and blood donation. This service project holds a special meaning to this consortium, specifically, Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.
In December of 2013, Peter D. Mosher, PT, DPT, OCS, died while awaiting a lung transplant.
Mosher was the Chair of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs for Clinical Education, as well as an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education at Mount St. Joseph University. As an author, educator, doctor, and patient, Mosher was an advocate for gaining awareness of the need for organ and blood donors.
After his passing, “For Pete’s Sake,” an annual blood drive and organ donor registration event, was created.
This year, UKPT students are coordinating a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 28-April 1, at the Gatton Student Center.
UKPT students will be donating blood themselves, as well as volunteering to work the drive. They will be greeting donors, passing out T-shirts, and urging folks to snack and drink.
“We hope that a large contingent of folks from the healthcare side of campus make the trek to the Student Center to donate!" said Kara Lee, PT, DPT, NCS, and assistant professor in the UKPT program. "We are also asking for alumni, friends, and family across the Commonwealth and beyond to join us in donating, to link us across the miles.”
For more information about “For Pete’s Sake”, please visit https://www.okptce.com/for-pete-s-sake