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Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life (TFL) Announce Date for “Gift of Life” Summit 2019

The Summit will take place in Lexington on April 25 (LEXINGTON – March 12, 2019) – The “Gift of Life” Summit event will be held on Thursday, April 25, in Lexington, Ky., at the Embassy Suites. The Summit celebrates saving lives through organ donation and healing lives through tissue donation. “This is a brand-new opportunity for KODA and TFL to meet and greet with hospital partners, Circuit Clerks, Coroners, volunteers from around our service area,” said Shelley Snyder, KODA’s Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and TFL Executive Director. “It will be a day filled with inspirational stories and education – as we gather to celebrate National Donate Life Month and say THANK YOU for all the excellent work our key partners do each, and every day.” The “Gift of Life” Summer will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington.  Registration opens at 9 a.m.  Registration is required.  The day will start with keynote speaker Jason Schechterle; an Arizona Police Officer burned in the line of duty which resulted in a lifesaving tissue transplant and author.   During lunch, an awards ceremony will be held honoring top coroners, platinum volunteers, outstanding hospitals and “Legendary” Circuit Clerk awards. Attendees will have an opportunity for breakout training followed by prizes and a send-off beginning at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $30.  The registration deadline is April 11, 2019, and space is limited. The public can register via the website: http://bit.ly/golsummit. There is a set of rooms blocked off for the Summit, and you must register by March 25 to receive the group rate or $139.95. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Companies wanting more information on sponsorships should email Shannon Adkins, s.adkins@kodaorgan.org.  Anyone with general questions should contact Becky Kaelin, Manager of Outreach Operations at bkaelin@trustforlife.org or 1-866-945-5433. The Summit is hosted by Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life (TFL). ###     About Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA was formed in 1987, pulling together two hospital-based organ procurement groups, to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. KODA is an independent, non-profit organ and tissue procurement agency and was recognized by Louisville Business First as the Nonprofit of the Year in 2011. KODA currently serves 114 counties in Kentucky, 4 counties in southern Indiana and 2 counties in western West Virginia.  KODA partners with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life in all public education & philanthropy efforts.  For more information, visit http://www.kyorgandonor.org. About Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (TFL) is a 501c (3) non-profit organization that informs, educates, and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ & tissue donors to save lives.  TFL was founded in 1992 as the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks.  The dollar donations at Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License counters [...]

By |2019-03-12T11:21:03+00:00March 12th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES & CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS’ TRUST FOR LIFE ANNOUNCE SIGANGE OF KENTUCKY SENATE BILL 77 INTO LAW

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (KCCCTFL) are thrilled to announce that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 77 (SB77) into law on Tuesday, March 5, which expands the state’s organ and tissue donor registration to its single sign-on system next January 1. Sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams, starting in 2020 Kentuckians will have the option of registering as organ donors when they log on to the Kentucky Online Gateway website at http://bit.ly/kyonlinegateway, a repository for state services. Currently most residents register as organ donors when they renew their driver’s licenses with their Circuit Court Clerk.  Beginning this May those licenses will expire after eight years versus the original four years. Organ donor advocates, notably KODA and KCCCTFL, were concerned this would reduce the number of state residents who sign up to be organ and tissue donors. Governor Bevin said he was honored to sign a law that will save lives. Certainly the necessity for, and human impact of, this bill was top of mind for legislatures as the very brief timeline to passage illuminates. Just introduced into the Senate on January 10 of this year, it took less than three months for Governor Bevin to sign. “We are thrilled the Governor has officially made SB77 part of Kentucky law,” says Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. “With more than 114,000 women, men and children awaiting life-saving organ and tissue transplants, we hope all states will find a way to make similar legislation happen.” ### Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates mission is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave. For more information visit kyorgandonor.org. The mission of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors to save lives. For more information visit trustforlife.org.  These two nonprofits partner closely to educate and improve the lives of Kentuckians through organ donation and transplantation.

By |2019-03-08T09:50:39+00:00March 8th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

STATEMENT FROM KENTUCKY CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS’ TRUST FOR LIFE (TFL) & KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES (KODA) On Kentucky SB77

(Louisville, KY- February 27, 2019)– TODAY theHouse passed SB77.  This groundbreaking bill will amend KRS 311.1947 to expand organ donor registration to the Commonwealth's single sign-on system and will become effective January 1, 2020. KODA and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life have worked extensively with Senator Julie Raque Adams on this bill to grow the Donor Registry.  The new 8-year Kentucky driver’s license impact on the registry had put the number of registrations at serious risk.  Currently, The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks see about 1 million people per year and with the longer renewal cycle, that number could have dropped drastically. “The passage of this bill is the first in the U.S to create a portal to a registry in this manner.  We are especially thankful to Senator Julie Raque Adams for her support and sponsorship of SB77, along with her dedication and drive surrounding the importance of an issue which affects so many men, women and children in need.” states Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. ### Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates mission is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave. For more information visit kyorgandonor.org. The mission of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors to save lives. For more information visit trustforlife.org.  These two nonprofits partner closely to educate and improve the lives of Kentuckians through organ donation and transplantation.

By |2019-02-27T12:59:56+00:00February 27th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

KENTUCKY CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS’ TRUST FOR LIFE & KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES (KODA) KENTUCKY SENATE BILL 77 PASSED THE HOUSE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) are excited to announce Kentucky Senate Bill 77 passed unanimously in the House Committee for Health and Family Services. This groundbreaking bill will amend KRS 311.1947 to expand organ donor registration to the Commonwealth's single sign-on system and will become effective January 1, 2020. KODA and Trust For Life have worked extensively with Senator Julie Raque Adams on this bill to grow the Donor Registry.  The new 8-year Kentucky driver’s license impact on the registry had put the number of registrations at serious risk.  Currently, The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks see about 1 million people per year and with the longer renewal cycle, that number could have dropped drastically. “We are absolutely thrilled that the House Committee passed the bill today. This firmly cement’s Kentucky’s status as a leader on behalf of organ and tissue donation,” states Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. “The passage of this bill is the first in the U.S  to create a portal to a registry in this manner.  And we’re especially thankful to Senator Julie Raque Adams for her support and sponsorship of SB77, along with her dedication and drive surrounding the importance of an issue which affects so many men, women and children in need.” ### Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates mission is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave. For more information visit kyorgandonor.org. The mission of theKentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors to save lives. For more information visit trustforlife.org.  These two nonprofits partner closely to educate and improve the lives of Kentuckians through organ donation and transplantation.

By |2019-02-21T16:34:17+00:00February 21st, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

Letter to the Editor: Eleanor

February is American Heart Month and I want to share a special firsthand account as a parent of a very young donor recipient. My little girl’s whose life was forever changed thanks to a heartfelt donation. “I am writing to share the story of my daughter Eleanor, who is alive today because of an organ donor.She was born with multiple congenital heart defects. A team of doctors determined that her only option was a heart transplant. At 10 days old, Eleanor’s name was added to the national waiting list. After a 2-month wait, when she was 10 weeks old, she received her life saving heart transplant, and we are immensely grateful for every day since. Eleanor is fortunate to have encountered minimal complications post-transplant, and now at 8 years old is a thriving, happy ray of light to everyone. Healthy, active and full of energy, a constant reminder of how far she’s come. Looking at her it’s almost hard to believe the tough times she’s been through. We are so proud of Eleanor’s courage and resilience. We love her enthusiasm, her creativity, her imagination, she has the best laugh, she gives the best hugs, she just makes everyone smile. Her favorite phrase is "BEST DAY EVER!"Last fall we celebrated her first day of 2nd grade, another milestone made possible by her donor.  She is an incredible success story, living life in honor of her donor. The donor family selflessly said yes to organ donation. Their yes kept our family whole and allowed Eleanor to receive the ultimate gift: a perfectly matched heart and a second chance at a full life. When she was born we didn’t know how much time we would have with her. Because our donor family made the decision to donate life, we got to keep her. Every day is bonus time. Her survival was dependent upon the kindness of strangers. Organ donation is the ultimate act of kindness. There are currently over 114,000 men, women and children nationwide waiting for lifesaving transplants.I hope and pray my message inspires others to pay it forward in the biggest way possible, because tomorrow is never promised. Regardless of age or medical background, you have the power to save lives. Please register to become and organ/tissue donor and make your wishes known to your loved ones at RegisterMe.org or at your local Circuit Court Clerk’s office.” Lindsey Westenhofer Eleanor’s Mother Louisville, KY (Jefferson)

By |2019-02-13T13:20:25+00:00February 13th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES & KENTUCKY CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS’ TRUST FOR LIFE KENTUCKY SENATE BILL 77 PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

Bill to expand the Commonwealth’s Organ Donor Registration sponsored by Kentucky State Senator Julie Raque Adams (Louisville, KY- February 6, 2019) – Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life are thrilled to announce Kentucky Senate Bill 77 passed unanimously out of the Senate Health and Welfare Committeethis morning. This groundbreaking bill will amend KRS 311.1947 to expand organ donor registration to the Commonwealth's single sign-on system and will become effective January 1, 2020. KODA and Trust For Life have worked extensively with Senator Julie Raque Adams on this bill to grow the Donor Registry.  The new 8-year Kentucky driver’s license impact on the Registry had put the number of registrations at serious risk.  Currently Circuit Clerks see about 1 million people per year and with the longer renewal cycle, that number could have dropped in half. “We are absolutely elated by the senate’s vote this morning, which firmly cement’s Kentucky’s status as a leader on behalf of organ and tissue donation,” states Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. “The passage of this bill is the first in the U.S  to create a portal to a registry in this manner.  And we’re especially grateful  to Senator Adams for her sponsorship of SB77, along with her dedication and drive surrounding the importance of an issue which affects so many men, women and children in need.” ###  Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates mission is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave. For more information visit kyorgandonor.org. The mission of theKentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors to save lives. For more information visit trustforlife.org.  These two nonprofits partner closely to educate and improve the lives of Kentuckians through organ donation and transplantation.

By |2019-02-06T14:22:35+00:00February 6th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

Show your generous HEART on National Donor Day Feb 14th

February 14th is National Donor Day, which aims to serve as a reminder of the importance of discussing the lifesaving possibilities of organ and tissue donation.  Thanks to the Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky, showing the heart on your driver’s license is the perfect way to start a conversation about love and legacy. Melissa Cardwell, Butler Co. Circuit Court Clerk said, “We encourage everyone to use National Donor Day to discuss organ donation with those closest to you.  Joining the Organ Donor Registry means you have made the decision to save and heal lives at the time of your death, if you are eligible.  It won’t happen for many years, but at that time, what an amazing gift to give someone a second chance at life.  A last act of love and kindness to another soul.” Currently more than 1,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving transplant in Kentucky with more than 114,000 waiting nationwide.  Every day 22 people die waiting.  Everyone is eligible to register as a donor when you renew your driver’s license or online www.registerme.org.  There are no health or age limits. “When we think of lifesavers, we often think of our military, first responders, and hospital workers.  But each of us can be a hero.  Thinking about what happens after we are gone from this earth may not be easy, but talking about the heroic, generous legacy we hope to leave behind is inspiring,” explains Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life Organ Donation Awareness Program.  “You can share the love this National Donor Day by starting the conversation with those closest to you.  Proudly show your generous heart on your license.  Every heart gives hope to those suffering and waiting.” Michelle Branham from Magoffin County, Ky., knows firsthand the miracle of receiving a kidney transplant after she suffered for years from kidney disease. “On Sept. 9, 2017, I received the call that my family and I had long been waiting for. They had a match!  I would be getting a new kidney!” she said. “I will never forget that phone call; I was actually at the Dialysis Center when I was contacted. The excitement I felt was indescribable!  My family and I hurriedly gathered our things and made the trip to meet my transplant team.  All because someone made the choice to give life through organ donation!” Michelle has worked to honor her donor since her transplant. “I’m so lucky to be able to spend time with my daughter and loved ones.  I’m so grateful for my donor, because thanks to them I’m able to see my beautiful daughter play, celebrate special times with loved ones and simply go to the store without struggling and needing assistance with daily things.” The dollar donations at Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License counters and other philanthropic partners, including KODA and Kosair Charities, fund the statewide community outreach and public relations efforts to grow the Registry.  Kentucky was recently recognized by Donate Life America [...]

By |2019-02-05T17:45:35+00:00February 5th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES (KODA) & KENTUCKY CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS’ TRUST FOR LIFE ANTICIPATE WEDNESDAY VOTE ON SENATE BILL 77

Bill passage sponsored by Kentucky State Senator Julie Raque Adams would expand Organ Donor Registration in the Commonwealth (Louisville, KY- February 5, 2019) – Kentucky Senate Bill 77 will be heard in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee this Wednesday morning, February 6. at 10:00 a.m., a bill which would amend KRS 311.1947 to expand organ donor registration to the Commonwealth's single sign-on system and become effective on January 1, 2020. KODA and Trust For Life have worked very closely with Senator Julie Raque Adams on this bill to grow the Donor Registry.  As it stands now, the new 8-year Kentucky driver’s license will have a drastic impact on the Registry.  Currently Circuit Clerks see about 1 million people per year and always inquire about joining the Registry to anyone who isn’t already registered.  With the longer renewal cycle, that number will drop to about 500,000.  Kentucky’s registry is currently adding about 10,000 people per month, which may drop to 5,000 instantly, just due to the lack of audience. “The passage of this bill would be monumental, literally a life-changer for so many men, women and children waiting on transplants.  The passage of this bill would be the first time, in the nation, to create a portal to the registry in this way.  It would confirm Kentucky’s role as a leader on the issue of organ and tissue donation,” states Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. “And none of this would have been possible without the sponsorship of Senator Julie Raque Adams for SB77. We honor her for her dedication and leadership on an issue that so profoundly affects the well-being of other human beings.” ### Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates mission is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave. For more information visit kyorgandonor.org. The mission of theKentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors to save lives. For more information visit trustforlife.org.  These two nonprofits partner closely to educate and improve the lives of Kentuckians through organ donation and transplantation.

By |2019-02-05T12:15:29+00:00February 5th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

KODA Celebrates 2018 as Record Breaking Year for Saving Lives

(Louisville, KY, Jan. 16, 2019):   Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) had a record-setting year in 2018 saving more lives and giving more individuals the gift of living longer.  The organ procurement organization cared for 134 organ donors resulting in 423 organs transplanted.  These were the highest numbers of organ donors and organs transplanted in KODA’s 32-year history. Also, more than 30,000 lives were enhanced by the generosity of the 367 tissue donors.  An additional 1,000 patients have gained the gift of sight through from 824 cornea donors. “Donors and their families make miracles happen by saying ‘yes’ to helping others.  We are honored to facilitate this gift and see the immeasurable impact it makes to patients and their families on the waiting list,” states Julie Bergin, President and CEO of KODA. “I am thankful for the compassion and dedication our staff shows as they honor the gift of donation each and every day.  As we look towards 2019, we are committed to saving more lives through our continued growth and development as an organization.  KODA’s Board and our devoted team members have much to be proud of today and every day.” Nationally, the 36,527 organs transplanted set an annual record for the sixth straight year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).   Also, there were nearly 6,900 living donor transplants in 2018, the highest total since 2005. “Our clinical functions are only possible because of the ongoing support throughout KODA’s team.  Diligent education efforts in the community and hospitals around the state, quality assurance activities, innovative programs, technology support, supply orders, sterilization, administration, recruitment of new staff have worked to make this year our most successful in history,” states Bergin. Bergin continues stating, “This team goes beyond our KODA staff. This mission is not possible without the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks, Kentucky Lions Eye Bank, Transplant Centers, Hospital Partners, Donate Life Ambassador Volunteers, Kentucky Coroners and Medical Examiners.  These strong partnerships are the reason for the dramatic increase in donation and transplantation here in Kentucky and across the United States.  We will continue to grow our efforts and build upon the successes that have made possible.” For more information about organ, tissue and cornea donation or to register as a donor, please visit www.kyorgandonor.org. ### About Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA was formed in 1987, pulling together two hospital-based organ procurement groups, to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. KODA is an independent, non-profit organ and tissue procurement agency and was recognized by Louisville Business First as the Nonprofit of the Year in 2011. KODA currently serves 114 counties in Kentucky, 4 counties in southern Indiana and 2 counties in western West Virginia.  KODA partners with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life in all public education & philanthropy efforts.  For more information, visit http://www.kyorgandonor.org.    

By |2019-01-27T18:14:06+00:00January 16th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

Media Photo Opp: Sat Jan. 19th New Year Donor Family & Heart Donor Recipient Meet & Greet

KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES ANNOUNCE NEW YEAR DONOR FAMILY & HEART DONOR RECIPIENT MEET & GREET Saturday January 19th Welcoming 2019 with a Special Event to Celebrate the Gift of Life WHAT:           During the recent holiday season a Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) family experienced the emotional experience and simultaneous joy of privately meeting their donor son’s heart recipient. On Saturday, January 19, the members of donor Matthew Bishop’s family, and his heart recipient David, along with his family, will be in attendance at KODA’s Louisville headquarters for a very special meet and greet with its staff.  The Bishop family was very moved by the compassion shown to them during the donation process, and they expressed their desire to meet everyone at KODA who makes organ and tissue donations possible. Their understanding of the intricacies of what goes on behind the scenes in order to make the gift of life possible inspired them, and now more than ever they want to share their story to do all they can to shine the spotlight on furthering the mission of organ and tissue donation throughout the Commonwealth. WHEN:           Saturday, January 19, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. WHERE:          Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Louisville Classroom, The Peggy Randolph Education Center, 10160 Linn Station Road, Louisville, KY 40223 ### Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA was formed in 1987, pulling together two hospital-based organ procurement groups to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. KODA is an independent, non-profit organ and tissue procurement agency, which serves 114 counties in Kentucky, 4 counties in southern Indiana and 2 counties in western West Virginia. KODA partners with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life in all public education and philanthropy efforts.  For more information visit http://www.kyorgandonor.org.

By |2019-01-10T16:48:16+00:00January 10th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments