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907, 2018

Donate Life ECHO!

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

My name is Breia Maddox, I am 21 years old, and I am a proud volunteer for Donate Life Kentucky and the Community Outreach Intern for Trust for Life! I’m also a University of Louisville student, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and have a loved one on the waiting list for a kidney. Through my involvement, I have worked as an advocate for organ donation in the Louisville community.  Currently, there are 115,000 men, women and children waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Almost 60% of that 115,000 are of the multicultural community. However, minorities seem to be the [...]

207, 2018

KODA and Trust for Life to host Twitter Chat Monday July 9th

By | July 2nd, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

2506, 2018

Donate Life 2018 ECHO Observance Highlights the Importance of Organ & Transplantation in Multicultural Communities

By | June 25th, 2018|Categories: Introduction, KODA Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Donate Life’s Every Community Has Opportunity (ECHO) is a national observance that encourages social media and community storytelling centered around donation education in multicultural communities throughout the U.S. Donate Life America (DLA) and the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) created Donate Life ECHO to focus on the importance of donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. Multicultural communities nationwide are disproportionately in need of lifesaving organ transplants, especially kidneys. Currently 58% of the U.S. transplant waiting list is comprised of multicultural patients. ECHO highlights the importance of registering to be an organ/eye/tissue donor; honor donors and donor families; and celebrate what transplantation has [...]

2604, 2018

My Sister Alyssa

By | April 26th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

Last month, one of our beloved Ambassadors, Alyssa LaRosa, passed away. She was stylish, thoughtful and had a social media presence that was unparalleled. Every chance she could, she was promoting the mission of organ donation and encouraging/educating others to become registered donors. She was a registered donor, then became a tissue and cornea donor at her passing. She thought of it as a way to pay it forward. Alyssa's brother, Tré, wanted to share his thoughts on his sister and organ donation for Donate Life Month. April is National Organ Donation Month, a trend started by Donate Life America and [...]

2004, 2018

Letter to the Editor by Courtney Thompson

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Introduction, KODA Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Currently, there are 116,000+ men, women and children waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S.  Every day 22 people die waiting with someone new added to the organ donor list every 10 minutes. One of those is Courtney, and this is her story. My name is Courtney Thompson, I'm 23 years old and on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. I have Cystic Fibrosis, a progressive genetic lung disease, and to beat it I'll need a double lung transplant. I live in Murray, Kentucky, and recently graduated from Murray State University. Every day I strive to [...]

1402, 2018

Dear Valentine in Heaven

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

It's been awhile since we've posted, but this letter from one of our wonderful Donate Life Ambassadors celebrating their donor is too good not to share on this holiday celebrating love. Dear Valentine in Heaven, I look at this picture and see silly handshakes, goofy dance moves, a shared love of Rocky and cheese curls, and inside jokes that I will never understand. But, I also see a side to each of them that wouldn't exist without the other. I see love, a father daughter bond, and complete adoration. Mostly, though, I see a special relationship that wouldn't exist without [...]

3108, 2017

116 days until Christmas!

By | August 31st, 2017|Categories: KODA Blog, KODA Events|0 Comments

Sorry for the reminder, but it's almost holiday season in my world. I can’t even fathom how that’s happened so quickly! 61 days until Halloween (if you needed another reminder of how quick the year is going ) We had a wonderful picnic in Lexington at Jacobson Park last week where Ambassadors experienced a whole lot of love and friendship. Here’s a Facebook post from a recipient family on how special it was. Tonight we attended a picnic surrounded by fellow organ recipients and their loved ones. I cannot begin to describe how... Posted by A Match For Ryan on Thursday, [...]

1408, 2017

A Gifted Life

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: Introduction, KODA Blog, KODA Events|Tags: |0 Comments

I’m going to die… One day, hopefully not anytime soon. When I do, I hope I have the opportunity to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. This is exactly what I’ve been telling people when they ask me about my job. Now that I’ve gotten you to read this far, let me introduce myself. My name is Crysta and I work for Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) as a Community Educator. The past 6 months have been nothing short of amazing. Every single day is absolutely eye opening. I knew what I was getting into, but it’s actually so [...]

1108, 2017

Welcome to the KODA Blog

By | August 11th, 2017|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

Hello readers and welcome aboard. We are very excited to launch our new Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) website to the public. This new website will be used to help educate the public about KODA and our very important mission. KODA's mission which is to provide organ and tissues to those in need and to maintain a profound respect for those who gave.  KODA is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA was formed to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. KODA is an independent, non-profit organ and tissue procurement agency. KODA was founded in 1987 (Originated as a combination [...]