Show your HEART on National Donor Day
Feb. 14 is National Donor Day, which aims to serve as a reminder of the importance of discussing the lifesaving possibilities of organ and tissue donation. Thanks to the Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky, showing the heart on your driver’s license is the perfect way to start a conversation about love and legacy.
“We encourage everyone to use National Donor Day to discuss organ donation with those closest to you. Joining the Organ Donor Registry means you have made the decision to save and heal lives at the time of your death, if you are eligible. It won’t happen for many years, but at that time, what an amazing gift to give someone a second chance at life. A last act of love and kindness to another soul,” said Woodford Circuit Clerk Christie Edwards.
Currently, more than 1,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving transplant in Kentucky, with more than 114,000 waiting nationwide. Every day, 22 people die waiting. Everyone is eligible to register as a donor when you renew your driver’s license or online www.registerme.org. There are no health or age limits.
“When we think of lifesavers, we often think of our military, first responders, and hospital workers. But each of us can be a hero. Thinking about what happens after we are gone from this earth may not be easy, but talking about the heroic, generous legacy we hope to leave behind is inspiring,” said Shelley Snyder, executive director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life Organ Donation Awareness Program. “You can share the love this National Donor Day by starting the conversation with those closest to you. Proudly show your generous heart on your license. Every heart gives hope to those suffering and waiting.”
The dollar donations at Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License counters and other philanthropic partners, including KODA and Kosair Charities, fund the statewide community outreach and public relations efforts to grow the Registry. Edwards told the Sun that in 2018, 3,528 Woodford County made that donation. Kentucky was recently recognized by Donate Life America for outstanding increases in Registry rates.
For more information, call 1-866-945-5433, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trustforlife.org. To register as a donor, go to www.registerme.org.
Submitted by Kentucky Court of Justice.