WHAT: Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) will host a Twitter chat in honor of Every Community Has Opportunity (ECHO), a national observance that encourages social media and community storytelling centered around organ donation education in multicultural communities throughout the United States. Donate Life America (DLA) and the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) created the annual July, two-week Donate Life ECHO observance to focus on the importance of donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. Two separate Twitter chats are being held next Monday to educate the public about organ donation and help debunk various myths surrounding donation in multicultural communities nationwide.
WHEN: Monday, July 9, 2018; two Twitter sessions at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
MORE: Topics covered will address the many misconceptions in multicultural communities regarding minorities on the waiting list and include, but are not limited to: “My family will have to pay for my organ donation”; “I won’t be able to have an open casket funeral”; “As a member of the LGBTQ community I cannot register as a donor”; “There are people out there who sell organs for money”; “My religion will not support organ donation”; “As a registered donor, a doctor won’t try to save me so those on a waiting list can be saved”; “I don’t need to tell my family that I’m a registered donor because I already added it to my will.”
KODA’s 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 Lifeis to inform, educate, and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors to save lives. For more information visit trustforlife.org.