By Elizabeth Cyr
This past month, King Philip graduates Camille Beaulieu and Elizabeth Cyr travelled to Austin, TX to share their DECA project at the National Association of Organ Procurement Organizations’ annual meeting. DECA is an entrepreneurial program Beaulieu and Cyr participated in while students at King Philip. Through their involvement with DECA the two recent graduates created and managed The Lucky Seven campaign this past year.
The Lucky Seven campaign was created in honor of Rylee Collins, a sophomore at KPHS when she passed away unexpectedly due to an undiagnosed brain tumor. When she passed, she became an organ donor and ultimately saved seven lives through her gift. Using Rylee’s story as inspiration, The Lucky Seven team worked to promote the importance of organ donation while sharing their friend’s incredible story. They partnered with the Rylee Fund, the nonprofit organization created in Rylee’s honor, and New England Organ Bank, which is the Organ Procurement Organization for the New England area and Bermuda.
After competing and placing first at both DECA's District and State competition, as well as qualifying to compete internationally in Nashville, TN, the team was invited through their connection with New England Organ Bank to join the AOPO meeting as speakers for the conference. Beaulieu and Cyr travelled to Austin, TX accompanied by Rylee’s mother, Lisa Burke. The team presented to a crowd of over 200 and successfully spread their mission to all 50 states, as well as an international audience. The hard work of The Lucky Seven campaign has ensured that Rylee Collins will never be forgotten: for both her passion for life, and the lives she saved through the miracle of donation.