The mission of the Casey Williams Foundation is to grow awareness and educate community members on the importance of donor registration. Each of our events offers the opportunity to learn more about, or even to register to become a donor through the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry.
The Organ/Tissue Donor Registry is a confidential computerized database that documents a person’s wishes regarding donation. Information contained in the registry is only released to organ and tissue procurement personnel and medical examiners after all efforts to save a person’s life have failed.
First-Person Consent makes your decision to be an organ/tissue donor legally binding. Additional witnesses or family consent is no longer required; your wishes will be honored.
You may join the First-Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry by submitting the form at this link, by calling 1-800-210-2106 or by visiting your nearest Secretary of State facility. You may also e-mail an invite to your friends and family to join the registry too.
Student loan debt is a big issue for Millennials. It is the most common way of funding your college and graduate school education – but doing so has become a ‘Game of Loans’.
But before you start to think that getting a student loan is like an alliance with the House of Lannister, understanding what you are getting into is an important first step.
In the U.S., the total outstanding student loan debt is around $1.2 trillion dollars with the average student debt for a grad being around $33.000 (2014 figures).
Come off of graduation day with $33,000 in debt that begins to require monthly payments shortly thereafter can definitely take the wind out of your sails – and prevent you from being able to purchase other things you might want, like a car or home.
Perhaps the biggest question you need to ask yourself is what is the return on my investment for the education you are financing. Will the degree you earned, ‘pay off’ in giving you enough income over your working life to afford paying off the loan it required -and- prove you with enough remaining $$$ to actually live the life you want.
As a general rule – try to avoid student loans as much as possible. Look for other monies, some of which is available for little cost to you in scholarships.
It’s sometimes daunting to understand all the facets of the ‘Game of Loans’ – but taking steps to understand the rules of the game will prevent you from ending up with the dragons.