On April 13, Gov. Steven L. Beshear recognized National Donate Life Month with the Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky.
In the US, 110,000 people and almost 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 to this life-saving cause. I hope everyone in Harrison County will say yes and be a hero. Thank you to all Harrison County residents who have already said yes. Now we begin adding two million names,” explained Harrison County Circuit Court Clerk Kathy Kearns.
The Kentucky Organ Donor Registry was formed in 2007. The registry is a confidential database that records Kentuckian’s wishes to save lives through organ donation.
The Circuit Clerks add over 98 percent of the names to the registry. In just four years, Kentucky has reached a milestone of over one million Kentuckians on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.
“Without the commitment of the Circuit Clerks, there would be fewer than 6,000 names on the Registry. Because of their work, Kentucky is celebrating more than one million names this April,” says Shelley Heavrin, Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life.
There are recipients, donor families, and people on the transplant waiting list in every town in Kentucky. If you, or someone you know, has been touched by donation, please contact your Circuit Court Clerk or the KY Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life office (1-866-945-5433) to get involved.