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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Printed Blue Heart and the Gift of Life

Organ donation is the most selfless gift you can give to someone.  In the past you were required to sign the back of your license and have an orange sticker placed on the front of it to notify people that you were an organ donor.  On January 23 the state of Kentucky will join the likes of Indiana and Ohio in making an improvement on that process with a new symbol for life.

People will have the option of getting a blue organ donor heart printed on their license upon renewal

When you are required to get your license renewed deputy clerks will ask if you would like to be registered as an organ donor.  If you agree and say “yes” a blue heart will be printed on your license with the words “organ donor”.   The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has worked hand in hand with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks and the Trust for Life to get the heart symbol added to driver’s license and ID cards.

Shelley Snyder, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life, had this to say about the new process, “This is an important advancement in Kentucky.  The organ donor heart will emphasize that it’s not about signing the back of your license anymore.  It’s about saying ‘Yes’ and joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.”

When contemplating the idea of organ donation I understand that it can be a difficult choice.  Here are the numbers regarding life and death:  Each day 18 patients die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the waiting list.  Only 35 percent of Kentuckians are registered organ donors.

When asked about the new organ donor registration County Circuit Clerk, Taunya Nolan Jack, said, “Everyone who comes into my office for a driver’s license or ID can add his or her name to the confidential registry and receive the Organ Donor Heart.  Every heart we print, gives hope to patients and families in need.”

If you are interested in joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry you can do so at your Circuit Court Clerk’s office or online here.

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