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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

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

Letter to the Editor: Monica Brown

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 continue to encourage people to say “yes” to the organ donation registry.  Those who donate organs, tissues, and blood stem cells restore hope and share gifts beyond measure.  The recipients are full of Thanks! Why is this important to me?  On February 3, 2016, I had a heart attack while driving home from the gym.  I thought I was having muscle spasms; I pulled over on the side of the road hoping that the pain would pass.  It did not pass, in fact, EMS had to pick me up in the parking lot of a corner store. Two days later I was in the hospital waiting for my discharge paperwork when I had my second heart attack. I died with this one! In the words of my youngest son, “the doctors had to put the jumper cables on me.” This was an attempt at his humor as he struggled with what his mom was enduring.  That episode caused me to go into heart failure. Fast forward five months and I find myself in Lexington, KY at the UK Healthcare Heart Transplant Center awaiting a lifesaving heart.  I remember asking myself “how did I get here; how did this happen to me?”  am I needing a new heart, and if I don’t get one, am I going to die sooner rather than later?  It was during this time I remembered that I was registered as an organ donor!  It was at that moment that I truly understood the importance of that question asked by the staff of the Kentucky Circuit Clerks’ offices around the state, “Would you like to register as an organ donor?”  “Would you like to donate to the organ donor awareness program?”  I thought I would be the one giving not the one in need.  On July 27, 2016, I received a new heart!  They told me it was a perfect match! I invite you to join me in honoring those who, at the end of their life, gave life! You too can save lives by registering as an organ donor at RegisterMe.org.  You never know you or someone you love might need a “perfect match!” Forever Thankful, Monica Brown

By |2018-11-12T14:30:59+00:00November 12th, 2018|Jefferson, KODA Blog|0 Comments