The beginning of the New Year marks the season of resolutions. As you make your list of resolutions for 2015, I ask you to consider giving the Gift of Life by joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. This simple act of kindness costs nothing, takes less than a minute and leaves a lasting impact on a personâ€™s life, like 4-year-old Ethan.
Shortly after Ethan was born in 2010, doctors discovered that his digestive system was not functioning properly and that he would need an organ transplant to survive. Only a few weeks old, Ethan was placed on the transplant list for small intestines. For two years, Ethan’s family waited and prayed that he would receive the Gift of Life.
In 2012, Ethan’s family received a phone call they will never forget. Due to the generosity of others, the long-awaited transplant finally became a reality. Now Ethan is 4 years old, thriving and going to preschool â€“ all thanks to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.
Today, more than 1,000 children and adults in Kentucky are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Across the country, nearly 124,000 patients are waiting for their Gift of Life. It is estimated that an average of 21 people die each day waiting for a transplant.
As your Circuit Court Clerk, I am deeply involved with the Trust For Life, the Kentucky organ donor awareness organization. My staff and I ask each and every person obtaining a Kentucky driver’s license or ID card if they would like to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry and if they wish to donate a dollar to the Kentucky Trust For Life.
Through a strategic partnership with Kosair Charities, the Kentucky Trust For Life has been able to bring awareness about organ donation and help children throughout Kentucky. Thanks to the selfless acts of kindness from individuals across the state, Kentucky has reached a milestone in the fight to end the wait and save lives. More than 1.5 million Kentuckians have joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry, but we still need your help. Please consider adding your name to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry in 2015. Anyone, regardless of medical history or age, can join and help give hope to those awaiting their Gift of Life.
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2015!
For more information on Donate Life Kentucky, please visit www.donatelifeky.org or call (866) 945-5433.
By David L. Nicholson
Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk