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Monday, February 1, 2016

Circuit Clerk’s Office celebrates legendary year in Organ Donation Awareness Efforts

In addition to their daily courthouse responsibilities, your Circuit Clerk’s Office gives everyone the opportunity to make a heroic decision.

Just ask Mike Hamm from Laurel County.  Mike loves spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, but he had a nagging cough that wouldn’t quit.  His doctor wasn’t sure why and ran a multitude of tests.  Although Mike tried to continue working as usual, he declined so quickly that he couldn’t even stand long enough to brush his teeth.  He required full oxygen to get through the day.  Mike was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.  His lungs were hardening.  Soon, he wouldn’t be able to breathe.  This disease has no known cause or cure.  His doctors told him a double lung transplant was the only treatment that would save his life.

“Stories like Mike’s remind us why it is so vital that our office continues these incredible efforts each year. Organ transplantation saves lives, and thanks to the generosity of our community, more patients will get their second chance,” explained Campbell Circuit Clerk, Taunya Jack.  “No one should lose a child or spouse, or parent or grandparent, waiting for an organ transplant.”

Currently over 121,000 Americans are on the waiting list for an organ transplant.  Sadly, 22 people die each day waiting.  Kentucky’s Circuit Court Clerks and deputies are an integral part of increasing public education about organ donation and growing Kentucky’s Organ Donor Registry.  These efforts will end the wait for nearly 1000 Kentuckians currently in need.  Today, a groundbreaking 1.6 million Kentuckians are registered donors.

The Campbell Circuit Clerk’s Office has done their part again this year in the effort to end the wait.

Our driver’s license counter is the #1 place Kentuckians register as donors.  This year, 2525 generous Campbell County Residents said ‘YES’ and joined the confidential Kentucky Organ Donor Registry,” says Jack.  “Our office also collected $ 8462 for the Trust For Life.  The Trust For Life is a separate nonprofit organization dedicated to educating all Kentuckians about organ donation and helping patients in need.  We are so proud to help this lifesaving mission.”

Miraculously, Mike received his lifesaving double lung transplant in December 2013.  Today, he celebrates life and promotes the mission of organ donation to help all those still waiting.   “When I look at where I was two years ago, and I see my life now, I’m so grateful. I can shovel snow, drive my grandkids to school, and work with my sons.  You don’t realize how important this mission of organ donation is until it touches your family, but I know now,” says Mike.

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