Circuit clerks help push organ donation program

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 FRANKFORT - A goal set by Donate Life America and the donation and transplant community in 2006 was achieved this month. 

One hundred million people in the United States are now reported as registered organ, eye and tissue donors through state donor registries. 

The milestone is a testament to our human nature and our willingness to work together for the greater good, even at times of great national trial. As we celebrate this achievement, the need for transplants continues to rise. 

More than 112,000 men, women and children nationwide, 756 in Kentucky, await lifesaving organ transplants today. Thousands more await needed tissue transplants to resume their normal lives. 

A surge in the number of donors is necessary to continue saving more lives. Kentuckians are encouraged to register as donors by visiting www.donatelifeky.org and saying YES at their Circuit Clerk’s office.

The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky give every person obtaining a driver’s license or state ID the opportunity to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

To date, the Circuit Clerks have added more than 1.1 million Kentuckians to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. 

Layne Abell, Bullitt County Circuit Clerk, says, “We recognize all Kentuckians who have joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry at their Circuit Clerk’s office.  For your commitment to saving lives, and the hope you have given to patients and their loved ones waiting, thank you.”  

As we celebrate this great national achievement, 100 million registered donors, we continue in our work to save lives by joining Donate Life America and its network of state teams and partner organizations in their goal of adding 20 million more registered donors by the end for 2012. Increasing the number of registered donors will result in more lives saved.

The public is encouraged to join the 100 million individuals already registered as organ, eye and tissue donors by visiting www.donatelifeky.org.

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is a 501C(3) non-profit organization that informs, educates, and encourages Kentuckians to register as organ & tissue donors.  For more information call 1-866-945-5433, email info@trustforlife.org or go to www.trustforlife.org