The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2013 a record year in the fight to save lives. With over 900 Kentuckians on the waiting list for an organ transplant, the need is greater than ever. The Circuit Clerks and their driver’s license staff make a significant impact by asking important questions while residents obtain a license or ID.
“We simply ask everyone if they would like to donate $1 to the Kentucky Organ Donor Program, and if they wish to be a registered organ donor. It is just one part of our job at the Circuit Clerk’s office, but we know it makes an incredible difference to transplant patients in need,” explains Madison Circuit Clerk, Darlene Snyder.
This year was a record year for Kentucky, thanks to the Circuit Clerks. In 2013, 44.8% of Kentuckians donated $1 to the organ donation awareness program. The Kentucky Organ Donor Registry increased 10% and now 42.5% of Kentuckians are registered donors.
“Without the Circuit Clerks, we may not have 50,000 names on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Because of their efforts, over 1.4 million Kentuckians have registered. The impact of the Circuit Clerks is extraordinary,” said Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Circuit Clerks’ Trust For Life program.
“This year, Madison County residents donated $6126 to the Trust For Life and 2930 residents joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Now 36% of Madison County residents are registered donors! I am proud of the generosity of our community and appreciate your support of this life-saving program,” explains Snyder.
“Your donations help an independent non-profit organization called the Trust For Life. From school & community presentations to statewide public relations efforts, the Trust provides vital education about organ, tissue, and cornea donation. If anyone has questions about this mission, the Trust is available to give accurate answers. To children and adults in need of organ transplants, this program means more than we can imagine,” says Snyder.
Due to the generosity of donors and their families, 299 individuals received a life-saving organ transplant and hundreds more received tissue or cornea transplants. Still more than 120,000 patients are currently waiting for their organ transplant. Tragically each day, 18 people die waiting. Every registered organ donor is a symbol of hope for patients in need.
All Kentucky residents are eligible to join the Donor Registry at their Circuit Clerk’s office or online at donatelifeky.org. Regardless of age or medical history, everyone can join the Registry. If you have questions about donation or would like a Trust For Life speaker to come to your school or community group, contact the Trust at 1-866-945-5433 or [email protected].
The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is a 501C(3) non-profit organization that informs, educates, and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ & tissue donors to save lives. For more info call 1-866-945-5433, email [email protected] or go to www.trustforlife.org. Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, can be reached by cell phone at 502-322-5401.