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 now to attend the race or register to be a virtual participate at http://bit.ly/tflkoda5K18register. WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon WHERE: Iroquois Park, 2120 Rundill Road, Louisville, KY 40214 MORE: Participantscan run (the 5K will be timed) or walk, there’ll be prizes for Largest Team, Best Team Uniform, and Best Outfit, along with music and lots of fun-filled, pre-race activities. And in addition to the big event in Louisville, Trust for Life and KODA are working together with volunteers, clerks, hospitals and passionate individuals across the entire state throughout the summer to bring its Legacy of Life 5k to every single county in the Commonwealth. ### 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.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. Media contact: Erin Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, 502.774.0767
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, August 24, 2017 Our Hospital Development department hosts Champion Trainings around the state to train nurses on the process and other things surrounding donation. They let me speak, I probably went over time, BUT I enjoyed it AND I registered 5 nurses in the room. One of the ladies in this picture is a recipient wife and appreciated the insight the training had to offer! On August 12th, Monica (heart recipient) along with Karen (bone marrow donor) sweated in parts they never even knew they had at an event called Unity Jam. Monica's so cool and smart that she took a Donate Life scarf and made it a great head piece. Together they signed up 30 people in total for both registries! The event as a whole gave out over 1,000 free backpacks to JCPS students! 5 of those were from me, thanks to KODA's Social Responsibility Committee, generous coworkers, sorority sisters and friends! I also want to give a huge shout out to everyone that participated in the Kentucky State Fair! These volunteers (ambassadors, circuit court clerks, families, etc.) were out there for 11 (ELEVEN!) days spreading the word about the mission. We also had a group in Hopkinsville aka Eclipseville raising money for the 2018 Transplant Games. Their goal is to send Team Kentucky to Utah at no cost to the recipient or donor families that participate. The rain drenched them during set up. Dedication isn’t even a good word to describe all of these wonderful advocates! Here’s a few other things heading our way (much quicker than I anticipated!) If you want to learn more about the mission or just want to spend some time with the cool kids (Community Outreach) come out to Regional Trainings. We're in 4 locations across the state starting in October!Lastly, Happy Labor Day! Don’t eat too much barbecue and enjoy your loved ones’ company! Also stay cool and be a registered donor
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 much more than I could have ever imagined. I shed happy tears just about every day at work, and I've completely accepted the fact that I'm now a crier (and my mother made over). My third day on the job, a coworker took me to lunch. There we met a double lung recipient and her husband. They paid for our lunch without asking or hesitating. They both thanked my coworker for all she has done for the mission and myself for what I will do. Her transplant allowed her to see her daughter turn into a mother; she now has 5 grandchildren. It was that moment that I knew I would be forever changed by this selfless mission. My life isn’t the only one that has changed, either! My family and friends have latched onto the mission as well, but it definitely didn’t happen overnight. My mom is considering being a living donor to a complete stranger and my best friend has basically become a poster child for the mission; before I started, neither were registered donors. Beyond that, I’ve attended so many great events and am looking forward to many more such as Regional Trainings, Clerks Colleges, Gift of Life 5K, Sista Strut and the list goes on. I encourage everyone to see what all these events are about and consider joining us! I'm so thankful for the people surrounding me, especially those that gave the Gift of Life as well as their families. The title of this blog is in honor of them. Donor families and recipients remind all of us at KODA and TFL that we live a gifted life. This website was a HUGE undertaking and I want to thank everyone who helped get it off the ground. Special shout out to Jennifer Griffin at Go Fetch Marketing for putting up with me for almost 6 months :) Stay tuned to this blog for updates, more stories, videos and whatever else we can think of adding!