Clerks honored for donor awareness

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On April 13, Gov. Steven L. Beshear recognized the Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky for their efforts to raise awareness about organ donation. He urged all Kentuckians to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

“The fact is, you can be a hero. You can save a life, and not just one but many,” Beshear said.

About 110,000 people in the United States, and more than 700 Kentuckians, are currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Kentucky’s Circuit Court Clerks have been active in promoting organ donation since 1992.

Together they have raised more than $7 million to educate and raise public awareness about this crucial need.

“When you come in to renew your driver’s license, my staff will ask if you would like to add your name to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry and donate $1 to raise awareness for this life-saving cause,” Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk Laman Stark said. “I hope everyone in Carroll County will say yes and be a hero. Thank you to all Carroll County residents who have already said yes. Now we begin adding 2 million names.”

The Circuit Court Clerks helped launch the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry in 2007. The Registry is a confidential database that records Kentuckian’s wishes to save lives through organ donation. The Circuit Clerks add more than 98 percent of the names to the Registry. In just four short years, Kentucky has reached a milestone of more than 1 million Kentuckians on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

“Signing the back of your license or adding an orange donor dot is nice, but it is not enough,” Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life Shelley Heavrin said. “Joining the Registry at your Circuit Court Clerks’ office or online www.donatelifeky.org is the most important way to ensure your wish to help others is fulfilled.”

Beshear said he and first lady Jane Beshear have joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry, and he encouraged all Kentuckians to join as well. “All of us have a wonderful opportunity to make a huge difference by deciding to donate our organs and tissue, after we die, to others who need them. There’s no doubt that science and medicine together can work miracles. And we can become a part of those miracles,” he said.