Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Teen USA 2017, Encourages All Ages to Join the Organ Donor Registry
At just 18 years old, Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Teen USA 2017, represents a new generation of advocates. Sophia has a close family connection to organ donation. Her cousin saved and improved lives as a tissue and organ donor, and when she reads letters of gratitude from those whose lives he touched, she is reminded that all it takes is a simple yes. That experience, combined with her mother’s influence as a nurse, her father’s community healthcare foundation work and Sophia’s own passion for making a difference, have inspired her to become a Green Ribbon Champion. She hopes to make an impact by raising awareness about the need for more registered organ donors among people of all ages.
“A lot of people my age are using their individual platforms to share causes that are important and make the world a better place. With the Green Ribbon Campaign, I want people to know that organ donation is an amazing opportunity we all have.”
Sophia’s dedication to helping others can be seen in her drive to lead and support local causes for the good of the community. She recently helped establish the Community and Scholars Cooperative (CASC) to make community service fun and easy for teens. She also spent a year researching the care of developmentally disabled adults in Missouri and lobbying for better care at the Missouri state legislature.
A native of Parkville, MO, Sophia is pursuing a double major in political science and global and international studies at the University of Kansas. She also serves as Chair of the Students Rights Legislative Committee in the KU Student Senate and has a leadership role in the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Before being crowned Miss Teen USA 2017, she won the Miss Missouri Teen USA 2017 competition with one year of prior pageant experience.
Watch Sophia tell her story in the video below:
Together with Midwest Transplant Network and all the Green Ribbon Champions, Alonzo Jamison invites you to join your state’s organ donor registry and encourage others to do the same. Learn more about the types of donation, including the option to be a living donor, and the incredibly positive emotional experiences for organ donor families and transplant recipients.
Join the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry today at ShareLifeMidwest.com.