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

By |August 8th, 2018|Categories: KODA Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]