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Rooting for "The Waiting List"

The Viscom student and alumni-created program is vying for Pepsi Refresh Everything funding
Apr 9, 2010
By Catherine Roebuck

Members of the OHIO community are seeking funding from Pepsi to help tell organ transplant patients tell their stories to the world, they but need community support and viewer votes to obtain it.
A student and two alumni from the School of Visual Communication (Viscom) are attempting to make a difference in the lives of children at transplant centers. Tony Guglielmi, a second-year VisCom student, and alumni David Lee and Jenn Poggi are vying for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything project to start a photography program for children and their families at transplant centers across the country based on their Web site, "The Waiting List."

The Web site is a multimedia storytelling project sharing the stories of organ donation to inspire individuals to register.

"The goal of this project is to?take a child who is waiting on an organ transplant and give him the opportunity to forget about his worries,? said Guglielmi, a creator of "The Waiting List." "For the time that he or she is in our program, they can be just a normal kid handling a camera and learning how to use a camera."

The photography program was the idea of David Lee, a former graduate student in Viscom. It was a passion that his colleagues could see.

"[Dave] really wants to make a difference in the organ donating community, and this is just one step he feels is an important part of the project," Guglielmi said.

The program seeks to provide children and their families with a special opportunity to creatively explore, understand and share their unique and important stories in a supportive environment of peers living a similar experience of illness: waiting for an organ transplant.

"We are currently a non-profit organization, and we all are donating our time," Guglielmi said. "It is a good cause, but sometimes it takes more than hope to get projects off the ground."

The Pepsi Refresh project is looking for people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact on the community. These ideas are then posted to the site and the general public votes for the ideas they want to receive funding. Pepsi has $1,300,000 in funds available for the winning ideas. 

The project is currently ranked in the top 50 of the projects in number of votes, but will need to break the top 10 to receive the $50,000.

Participants can vote for the Waiting List photography project* once a day. Voting concludes April 30 and winners are announced May 1.


* Following these links will take you away from the Ohio University Web site.


Published: Apr 9, 2010 3:53 PM

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