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A Letter from a Heart Transplant patient: Adrianne M. Rogers

Organ donation. These words can carry a different weight dependent on the person you are asking. Some people only associate with the question when they receive their driver’s license. Then for people like myself, it means a new shot at life and infinite gratitude to those who decide to donate theirs. I was 15 years old when I was diagnosed with a rare heart disease called Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. I was fortunate enough to maintain a stable status and live a relatively normal life up until I was 22. In November of 2015, my condition began to deteriorate and by November of 2016 I was hospitalized, forced to medically withdrawal from school just 4 weeks shy of graduation. I was then added to the heart transplant list. I received a heart transplant at the University of Kentucky Hospital on December 17, 2016. I remember waking up from surgery and for the first time in years being able to breathe and feel my heart beating and actually feeling alive. There is not a single day I do not think about my donor and their family or the new heart beating in my chest. Due to my donor’s generosity, I saw another birthday, I graduated from college, and I am living a full life. This family changed my life and others because they said “YES” to organ donation. Currently there are 114,000 waiting on a lifesaving organ transplant and not all of them will get their miracle because of lack of available organs. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have been given a second chance at life and it is only possible because this person chose to be an organ donor. I encourage whomever is reading this, to become an organ donor.  Simply visit: registerme.org With all my heart, Adrianne M. Rogers  

By |2019-06-10T11:08:28+00:00June 10th, 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 & 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

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

KODA has added Four New Members to the Board of Directors

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 Hoyt Burdick, M.D., FACHE, who serves as Chief Medical Officer at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. Bergin said the Board of Directors is essential to KODA’s continued success with its mission. “We truly appreciate the input of our Board members and value the wisdom they can contribute from their various perspectives in business and in the community. We are very fortunate that these leaders have committed to assisting KODA in honoring the gift of donation throughout our service area.” Originally from Louisville, Denisha Henry works as a Clinical Research Coordinator with Associates in Neurology PSC in Lexington, Ky.   She is also a donor mom.  She first became associated with KODA after her daughter T'Neil Martin died in 2010 and was able to save lives as an organ donor.  She has been an active volunteer, served on KODA's Donor Fam Henry ily Council and will become a member of the Board’s Quality Committee. "I am excited to serve on KODA's Board and make a difference in a new way," Henry said. "I am honored to do this in memory of my daughter T'Neil and to make my service on the Board a part of her legacy." Pino Dr. Pino has served many roles at Cabell Huntington Hospital, including being the long-time chair of the Donation Committee.  He currently serves as Medical Director of Hoops Family Children's Hospital.  Also, the Team for West Virginia Children recently honored him with its Service to Children Award.  He will serve on the Board’s Quality Committee, lending insight into the care of pediatric organ and tissue donors and their families. “I am honored to be asked to serve with an organization that has such a noble purpose,” said Dr. Pino. “I hope that I can work to fulfill its mission and thereby help so many others.” Lutz Mike Lutz is the Human Resources General Manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Lexington.   Lutz, who will serve on the Strategic Planning Committee, is a transplant recipient and is grateful for his own second chance. “I am very humbled by the opportunity to support and serve on KODA’s Board,” he said. “I want to help others learn more about the life-saving experience I have been through. I can help others to understand the gifts that occur because of generous donors and their families.” Cofield Robert “Bo” Cofield is the Vice [...]

By |2018-08-08T12:43:20+00:00August 8th, 2018|KODA Blog|0 Comments