502, 2019

Show your generous HEART on National Donor Day Feb 14th

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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, [...]

502, 2019


By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

1601, 2019

KODA Celebrates 2018 as Record Breaking Year for Saving Lives

By |January 16th, 2019|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

(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.  [...]

1001, 2019

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

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

2012, 2018

KODA Response to Article in The Washington Post 12/20/18

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, Kentucky’s largest organ procurement organization (OPO), serves this community with a core purpose to honor the gift of donation.  We provide education, coordinate organ, and tissue recoveries, and support families to maximize every opportunity for the gift of life.  Everyone at KODA is dedicated to respecting the referral process and having the dialogues that find the pathway to donation. Occasionally we are presented with challenges that may prevent donation from occurring, and our teams are committed to finding ways to allow that gift to be realized.  Our Leadership Team has taken an in‐depth analysis of past [...]

1911, 2018


By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

Thousands of new additions to Donor Registry during Challenge; Students utilized a fun, throwback ‘90s “Bring Color into the World of Donation” theme Throughout the month of October, 31 chapters of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and Key Club participated in the KODA 2018 High School Challenge to support its Donate Life Kentucky’s mission of increased organ donor recruitment. The results? An incredible 2,876 new names were added to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The winning schools who reached a target level in a point system based [...]

1711, 2018

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates honored at 2018 Donate Life America Pinnacle Awards

By |November 17th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog|0 Comments

Wins Youth Education and Innovation Creativity Category Award at Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon Kentucky’s Organ Donation Awareness Programs captured three national awards this year, the Youth Education and Innovation Creativity Awards from Donate Life America, as well as the Groundbreaker Award from the American Association for Tissue Banks. The awards are in recognition of the creation of an innovative mobile app for school challenges, Bridge2Life KY, which was developed by the community outreach team of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates.  Its focus is to engage and educate today’s youth utilizing something they [...]

1211, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Monica Brown

By |November 12th, 2018|Categories: Jefferson, KODA Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

November is a month of giving THANKS!  It is a time that many take the time to enjoy family and friends and to remember all the “Good Things” in their life!  Every November begins a new season of “giving,” and it is also a time that many around the world recognize as the “Donor Sabbath” month. During the National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to increase awareness. This month we remember the need for the lifesaving, enhanced gifts passed to others through transplantation. It is time we [...]

808, 2018

KODA has added Four New Members to the Board of Directors

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Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors. KODA is one of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the U.S. working to save lives through organ donation and enhance lives through tissue donation.  The Board of Directors is KODA’s governing body and meets periodically to discuss and vote on KODA affairs. Julie Bergin, BSN, MHA, KODA’s president and CEO, said three of the new Board members -- Denisha Henry, Eduardo Pino, M.D., Mike Lutz – have already started their 3-year terms, while Robert “Bo” Cofield Jr. will join in September. The current board chair is [...]

3007, 2018

Save the Date for the Legacy of Life 5k

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog, KODA Events, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life &  Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) Legacy of  Life 5K Run/Walk in Partnership with University  of Louisville Hospital Registration is Now Open for the 9thAnnual Event on Saturday, September 15   WHAT:        The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), in partnership with University of Louisville Hospital, will host its 9th Annual Legacy of Life Run/Walk in Iroquois Park this September. All proceeds from the event will go to the Circuit Clerk’s Trust For Life/KODA’s patient assistance fund, as well as U of L Hospital’s Donor Family support program. Participants may register [...]

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 [...]