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Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life Announces Kentucky’s Organ Donation Registry Surpasses The 2 Million Mark

A milestone for the thousands of Kentuckians waiting on lifesaving donations During a riveting and at times emotional press conference held in Lexington this morning, Trust for Life, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ announced that the Commonwealth’s Organ Donation Registry now has over two million registrants. This is a major milestone for the nonprofit and its partner organizations, which all support lifesaving mission of organ, eye and tissue donation and education. “This is a monumental moment for the Kentucky Organ Donor registry, and one made possible through the efforts of a multitude of caring individuals and various organizations throughout the Commonwealth,” states Melissa Cardwell, Trust For Life Board President. “For the past 27 years our singular mission has been to grow and expand Kentucky’s organ, eye and tissue donation registry, most notably with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License Renewal Program established in 1992, a paradigm-changing initiative which no doubt led us to today’s achievement.” Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the passage of Kentucky Senate Bill 77 that Governor Matt Bevin signed into law this past March and which expands the state’s organ and tissue donor registration for its single sign-on system starting next January 1. The first of its kind in the nation, the new system will give Kentuckians the option of registering as organ donors when they log on to the Kentucky Online Gateway website at http://bit.ly/kyonlinegateway. KOG is a repository for state services, that will greatly assist the current Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ driver’s license renewal program. In attendance during today’s press conference was a very special guest, Mike Lutz, who is alive today thanks to a successful liver transplant in July of 2017. “Through the grace of God, I received a second chance at life through the selfless action of a stranger who donated the organ I now have within my body,” he said. “Today’s announcement should give hope to the many others who anxiously wait for the second chance at life I was so fortunate to receive.” ### 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 the lives of the thousands of residents on the waiting list for transplants. Since the issuance of driver’s licenses in Kentucky is the responsibility of the clerks, they successfully lobbied for legislation to allow them to request that every resident renewing a driver’s license donate $1 in support of organ donation awareness; it overwhelmingly passed and has been in effect since 1992. Over the past 26 years they have collected more than $9 million from Kentucky drivers, $1 at a time. Trust For Life has used this money to purchase advertising and to support a public relations campaign, which has significantly increased organ and tissue donation in the Commonwealth. For more information visit trustforlife.org.  

By |2019-05-13T16:04:56+00:00May 13th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

Save the Date: May 13 Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life Non-profit will host a Press Conference for a Milestone Announcement

A history-making announcement on the heels of the passage of Kentucky Senate Bill 77 Organ Donor Registration Expansion Signed into Law by Governor Bevin in March WHAT:      Trust for Life, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks, will hold a press conference to announce a truly historical moment for the nonprofit and its partner organizations, all of which support the lifesaving mission of organ, eye and tissue donation education. WHEN:      Monday, May 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. EDT WHERE:     Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky WHO:        Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Greg Helton, President, Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks’ Melissa Cardwell, Trust for Life President Transplant Recipient Special Guest (TBA) ABOUT:    Since its inception in 1992, the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life’s dedication to the promotion of organ and tissue donation in the Commonwealth has been unparalleled. Since the issuance of driver’s licenses in Kentucky is the responsibility of the clerks, they successfully lobbied for legislation to allow them to request that every resident renewing a driver’s license donate $1 in support of organ donation awareness; it overwhelmingly passed and has been in effect since 1993. Now, 26 years later, they have collected more than $9 million from Kentucky drivers, $1 at a time. Trust For Life has used this money to purchase advertising and to support a public relations campaign, which has significantly increased organ and tissue donation in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Partnering organizations that support the Donate Life State team include: Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, Kentucky Lions Eye Bank, Transplant Hospitals including Jewish Hospital and UK Healthcare, Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky, National Kidney Foundation, Kentucky Blood Center, Second Chance at Life, along with a multitude of dedicated volunteers.   ###   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 the lives of the thousands of residents on the waiting list for transplants; for more information visit trustforlife.org. Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)’s mission is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave; for further information visit kyorgandonor.org. These two nonprofits partner closely to educate and improve the lives of Kentuckians through the vitally important act of organ donation and transplantation.

By |2019-05-07T14:23:41+00:00May 6th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

Volunteers of America, KODA and Trust for Life partner to provide “Hope and Healing” by registering more organ donors

Kicking off in National Donate Life month, the partnership will make Volunteers of America the first non-profit in the region to register organ donors directly Partnership will educate public and clients about addiction recovery and organ donation April 9, 2019 Louisville, KY–Leaders from Volunteers of America, Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates (KODA) and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life announced a groundbreaking new partnership today, “Hope and Healing,” designed to increase organ donations in Kentucky and surrounding states today.  Under the innovative partnership, Volunteers of America will become the first non-profit in the region to be able to directly register individuals as organ donors. “We are thrilled to be part of this innovative and life-saving partnership.  Our message is simple: it only takes a minute to save a life, and Volunteers of America is working with our staff, clients, graduates, friends and supporters to give the gift of life by registering as many donors as possible,” Jennifer Hancock, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States said. April is national Donate Life Month and the partnership is timely and needed because Kentucky has increased the renewal period for drivers’ licenses from four years to eight years.  This means that fewer Kentuckians will be asked each year if they want to join the organ donor registry as they apply for or renew their drivers’ licenses. Trust for Life is an initiative of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks that raises funds and awareness for organ and tissue donations.   KODAprovides organ and tissues to those in need and was formed to establish a statewide educational and procurement network.  KODA participates in and promotes organ donor events throughout the state and region. Currently, more than 1.3 Kentuckians are on the organ donor registry. Trust for Life Executive Director Shelley Snyder addressed the importance of having more community partners promoting organ donation. “In preparation for the changes at driver’s license, VOA has risen to the occasion with compassion and commitment to service for those in need, just as they always do.  With over 1000 Kentuckians in need of a lifesaving transplant, their partnership means more people will register to give hope to all families waiting and in need.  We are honored to work alongside VOA to provide hope and healing by empowering people to help others and making it easy to register,” Snyder said. Louisville Metro Council President David James and State Senator Julie Raque Adams also attended the kick-off event and expressed their support for the new partnership.  Also attending were donor families and recipients of organ donations, including Volunteers of America Board of Directors Chairman David Fennell, who received a life-saving lung transplant. “If a courageous individual had not made the decision to become an organ donor, I would probably not be standing here today.  I’m very pleased to be able to give back by participating in this program and helping to encourage more people to become donors,” Fennell said. Hancock and Snyder also talked about the impact the opioid and addiction [...]

By |2019-04-09T14:33:59+00:00April 9th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

SAVE THE DATE: April 9th Bearno’s Pizza Honors Registered Organ Donors, Donor Families, and Recipients with a 15% Give Back Day

Who:                Bearno’s Pizza, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust For Life When:              April 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. What:               Donate Life Day at nine Bearno’s Pizza locations will give 15% of all sales back to supporting the mission of organ donation throughout Kentucky for ONE DAY ONLY Why:                To recognize the life-saving mission of organ donation throughout our community.  Bearno’s hopes to increase awareness of the need for people to register, thank those that have already registered and honor organ donor families, recipients and anyone touched by this beautiful mission.  Fifteen percent of all sales, both in-store or take-out will be donated. Where:             The nine Bearno’s locations include: Okolona, Dixie Hwy., Westport Road, Middletown, Bowman Field, Downtown by the Bridge, By the Bay (at Limestone Bay), and Shepherdsville. (see addresses at bottom.) Bearno’s locations participating in the Donate Life give back day are: Bearno’s Pizza – 9222 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40242 Bearno’s Shivley – 4105 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 40216 Bearno’s Okolona – 8059 Preston Hwy., Louisville, KY 40219 Bearno’s By the Bridge -131 W. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 Bearno’s By the Bay – 5801 River Rd. Louisville, KY 40059 Bearno’s Bowman Field – 2900 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40205 Bearno’s Middletown – 13829 English Villa Drive, Louisville, KY 40245 Bearno’s Shepherdsville – 1220 Hwy 44E, Shepherdsville, KY 40165 Background: April is National Donate Life Month throughout the United States. There are 114,000 people currently on the waiting list in the U.S., and nearly 1,000 in Kentucky.  Eighty percent of those are waiting on a kidney.  It is important to note, anyone can register to be an organ donor, regardless of age, race, socio-economic status, religion or sexual-orientation. Currently, Kentucky has 60% of its citizens registered (approx. 2 million people) as organ donors.  People can register to be an organ donor at their local Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s office or online at www.registerme.org. ###   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 |2019-04-04T15:56:23+00:00April 4th, 2019|KODA Blog|0 Comments

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