Monday, January 26, 2015

KY Organ Donor Registry Has Record Life-Saving Year



The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2014 a momentous year in the fight to save lives.  With 998 Kentuckians on the waiting list for an organ transplant, there is no better time to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

 In 2014, 103 individuals in Kentucky were able to save 332 lives, and many more individuals were able to enhance someone’s life or give sight through tissue and cornea donation.  Still more than 124,000 patients are currently waiting for their organ transplant.  Tragically, each day 21 patients lose their fight, and their lives, waiting.  Kentucky’s Circuit Clerks are determined to make a difference and end the wait.

“When you get your license or state ID, we ask if you would like to donate $1 to increase public education about the mission of organ donation in Kentucky.  We also ask if you wish to be a registered organ donor.  Every person who says ‘yes’ gives hope to all those patients on the waiting list,” explains Campbell Circuit Clerk Taunya Jack.

This year was a record year for Kentucky, thanks to the Circuit Clerks and their hardworking staff.  In 2014, 44.5% of Kentuckians donated $1 to the organ donation awareness program.  The Kentucky Organ Donor Registry reached a milestone and celebrated 1.5 million Kentuckians registered as donors.

“Without the Circuit Clerks and deputies, we may not have 50,000 names on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.  Because of their questions at driver’s license, over 1.5 million Kentuckians have joined,” said Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Circuit Clerks’ Trust For Life program.  “Until this mission touches your family, many don’t realize how vital it is that everyone joins the Registry.  If it was my husband or my friend who needed a transplant to live another day, I would want them to have one.  That’s why I’m a registered donor.  If I can save a life when I’m gone, I’m willing to do it.”

Kicking off 2015 with heart, Jack’s office is reaching out to those in Campbell County who have been touched by the mission of organ donation.  These stories will be compiled into an inspiring, online wall dedicated to raising awareness about this mission.  Current stories can be found on the Trust For Life website www.trustforlife.org.

“Many people have been touched by the gift of organ & tissue donation here.  By sharing these incredible journeys, we can inspire others to say ‘yes’ at the driver’s license window,” explains Jack.   “We are such a supportive community.  I hope more people will realize the need that is right here in our county.  It doesn’t cost anything to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.  We hope to have over 50% of Kentuckians registered by next year.”

Do you have a donation story to share?  Local donor families, transplant recipients & families, and those who may need a transplant one day are invited to step forward.  Your involvement will educate others about the powerful gift of donation.  Please visit the Trust For Life website at www.trustforlife.org or call 1-866-945-5433.  Don’t forget to register as a donor too, and help Kentucky reach a national goal.  Regardless of medical history or age, everyone can register as a donor.

“In 2014, Campbell County residents donated $9729 to the Trust For Life, and 2387 residents joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.  I am proud of the generosity of our community and appreciate your support of this life saving mission,” explains Jack.  Currently, 61% of Campbell County residents are registered donors.

- via Kentucky Circuit Courts Trust for Life

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