To the editor:
In 1992, the Circuit Clerks of Kentucky recognized the tragedy that 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant, yet Kentuckians were not aware of what they could do to save lives. The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks supported legislation that allows every person obtaining a driver’s license or ID an opportunity to donate $1 to raise awareness about organ donation in Kentucky. These $1 donations go into a Trust - the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life.
One dollar at a time, more than $7 million has been raised to educate Kentuckians about the crucial need for more organ donors. The funding makes the public aware that more than 730 adults and children in Kentucky are waiting for a life-saving transplant; that over 111,000 people in the US are on the waiting list; that 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. It provides information to the public to explain facts and clarify misconceptions. For example - the oldest organ donor in Kentucky was 84 years. She saved three lives.
This funding also teaches Kentuckians what we can do to make a difference. Joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry is simple, confidential, and free. Joining the Donor Registry when you obtain a license or ID is your opportunity to state that, in the rare chance you could save someone’s life after you’re gone, you are willing to do that. If it’s not time to renew, you can join online at www.donatelifeky.org.
Together, we make a difference. Over 1.1 million Kentuckians have joined the Kentucky Organ
Donor Registry. I am proud to announce that we have achieved a milestone in our county.
More than 5,000 Harrison Countians have joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. My staff and I are proud to have given you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
Thank you, Harrison County. Once again your generosity comes shining through.
Court Circuit Clerk