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The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2013 a record year in the fight to save lives. With more than 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 Carroll Circuit Clerk, Laman Stark.
This year was a record year for Kentucky, 44.8 percent of Kentuckians donated $1 to the organ donation awareness program, the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry increased 10 percent and now 42.5 percent of Kentuckians are registered donors.
“Carroll County residents donated $1,400 to the Trust for Life and 244 residents joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Now 39 percent of Carroll County residents are registered donors. I am proud of the generosity of our community and appreciate your support of this life-saving program,’ explains Stark.
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 donations or would like a Trust For Life speaker to come to your school or community group, contact the Trust at (866) 945-5433 or email@example.com.