Golf Fundraiser To Raise Awareness On Organ Donation

(Beaver Dam) The Fourth Annual Emily C. Lyons Golf Outing will be held later this month at Old Hickory Golf Course. The Beaver Dam High School graduate died in a snowmobile accident three years ago at the age of 19. The outing has raised over $33-thousand dollars in its first three years. Funds raised this year will be directed to the Emily C. Lyons Memorial Scholarship and the UW Organ and Tissue Donation Education Fund. Emily’s mother, Dawn Lyons-Wood, encouraged our listeners to become an organ donor when she joined us last week on WBEV’s Community Comment. Dawn says after the accident she knew that something positive needed to come from the situation and she worked closely with UW donor program. Emily took it upon herself when she received her driver’s license to sign-up to be an organ donor, which took the pressure off her family to make the decision. With her one donation, Emily saved six people’s lives, gave sight to two people and improved the lives of over 60 people in 22 states. Emily did not have a driver’s license with her at the time of her accident but she was in the database because even before she was 19-years-old she knew to sign-up online. Dawn encourages those who have identified themselves as organ donors on their drivers licenses to also tell a loved one of their intentions and to register as an organ donor online. The website where you can register,, says 115-thousand people are waiting for a life-saving transplant. You can help get the word out about the importance of organ donation by participating in the Emily C. Lyons Golf Outing on Saturday, July 14 at Old Hickory. The cost for golf, cart and dinner is $85 or you can attend the dinner-only for $25. Those participating are asked to register by Saturday, July 7.