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WVU's journalism school invited an organ transplant recipient to raise awareness about organ donating.

Nefereterius McPherson, of Texas, received a liver transplant last year from Taitlyn Hughes, a Martinsburg, West Virginia resident who died of a brain hemorrhage in 2011.

McPherson tweeted a picture of herself wearing Hughes' WVU T-shirt at the WVU vs. Texas game, and it went viral. She has been using social media to raise awareness about donating organs.

McPherson knows the subject is hitting home with the journalism school because Professor Joel Beeson received a liver transplant in late October.

"I think it's great and what's so neat about it is that the professor is getting his liver through a live donor and that's just another way that a person can receive the gift of life," McPherson said. "It doesn't have to come from a deceased donor as was the case with me. So anytime that you have different situations that can impact those who are around you to me it helps further the cause to why and how organ donation saves lives."

WVU invited both the McPherson and Hughes families to the football game against Texas Christian University.

"In Texas football is not just a sport, it's a religion. So any time I can take in some college football I definitely appreciate it," McPherson said.

The journalism school had students live tweeting during the event. If you want to see some of those tweets search #WVorgandonor on Twitter.