THE KENTUCKY CIRCUIT COURT CLERKS’ TRUST FOR LIFE,KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES (KODA), AND UofL HOSPITAL PRESENT 10THANNUAL LEGACY OF LIFE 2019 5K RUN/WALK Registration is now open for the 10thAnnual Legacy of Life 5k, on Saturday, September 14th at the new location, Our Lady of Lourdes on Breckenridge Lane in St. Matthews WHAT: UofL Hospital, The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)will host its 10th Annual Legacy of Life 5k Run/Walk at Our Lady of Lourdes in St. Matthews this September. This event raises community awareness for eye, organ and tissue donation, while honoring donor families, recipients, health care professionals, and the general public in support of our cause. It also represents an incredible celebration of life and of hope, especially for the more than 1,000 Kentuckians currently on a waiting list to receive a life-saving organ. Many more have an opportunity to have an improved quality of life as a result of tissue or eye donation. All proceeds from the event will go to the Circuit Clerk’s Trust For Life/KODA’s patient assistance fund, as well as UofL Hospital’s Donor Family support program.Participants may register now to attend the race or register to be a virtual participant at https://runsignup.com/legacyoflife5k. WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon WHERE: Our Lady of Lourdes, 508 Breckenridge Lane, St. Matthews 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 activities. In addition to the big event in Louisville, UofL Hospital, 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 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. 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. These two nonprofits partner closely to educate and improve the lives of Kentuckians through organ donation and transplantation. UofL Hospital has a long time commitment to their patients and families who are experiencing end-of-life decisions. Creating an environment that fosters quality end-of-life support is important to the culture within the hospital. The health care professionals work collaboratively with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) to give families the opportunity of eye, organ and tissue donation. For further information visit https://uoflhospital.org/.
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
Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life Announces Kentucky’s Organ Donation Registry Surpasses The 2 Million Mark
A milestone for the thousands of Kentuckians waiting on lifesaving donations During a riveting and at times emotional press conference held in Lexington this morning, Trust for Life, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ announced that the Commonwealth’s Organ Donation Registry now has over two million registrants. This is a major milestone for the nonprofit and its partner organizations, which all support lifesaving mission of organ, eye and tissue donation and education. “This is a monumental moment for the Kentucky Organ Donor registry, and one made possible through the efforts of a multitude of caring individuals and various organizations throughout the Commonwealth,” states Melissa Cardwell, Trust For Life Board President. “For the past 27 years our singular mission has been to grow and expand Kentucky’s organ, eye and tissue donation registry, most notably with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License Renewal Program established in 1992, a paradigm-changing initiative which no doubt led us to today’s achievement.” Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the passage of Kentucky Senate Bill 77 that Governor Matt Bevin signed into law this past March and which expands the state’s organ and tissue donor registration for its single sign-on system starting next January 1. The first of its kind in the nation, the new system will give Kentuckians the option of registering as organ donors when they log on to the Kentucky Online Gateway website at http://bit.ly/kyonlinegateway. KOG is a repository for state services, that will greatly assist the current Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ driver’s license renewal program. In attendance during today’s press conference was a very special guest, Mike Lutz, who is alive today thanks to a successful liver transplant in July of 2017. “Through the grace of God, I received a second chance at life through the selfless action of a stranger who donated the organ I now have within my body,” he said. “Today’s announcement should give hope to the many others who anxiously wait for the second chance at life I was so fortunate to receive.” ### 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 the lives of the thousands of residents on the waiting list for transplants. 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 1992. Over the past 26 years 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. For more information visit trustforlife.org.
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 be an advocate for organ donation and Cystic Fibrosis awareness. I was listed on December 29, 2016. My lungs are currently functioning at 27%, and I'm on three liters of oxygen. Life hasn't been easy, but I have a wonderful family and friends who love me and are always supportive. If it weren't for them, Cystic Fibrosis would have already defeated me, but I won't back down. A transplant can come at any time. On September 4, 2017, at 8:30 p.m. I received a call about a set of lungs that could be a match. Soon afterward my doctor told me I wouldn't receive them because the only surgeon on staff had transplanted three others within 48 hours. But even though it didn't work out, I'm still thankful and hopeful because I know there will be another call. Please become a registered organ donor by going to Registerme.org or saying "yes" at your Circuit Court Clerk's office when asked if you want to register. There's no testing or blood work, just the word "yes". Because when you register people like me and so many others, will have another chance at life. A life we've never had because of a chronic illness holding us back. Courtney Thompson