Last updated: August 06. 2014 3:59PM - 279 Views
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Want to save a life? Many people across the state are unaware that they have that opportunity by participating in the Trust For Life organ donation program sponsored by the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks organization.

“People are waiting all over Kentucky — from all walks of life,” said Shelley H. Snyder, executive director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. “There are so many people who don’t know they can join the registry and donate their organs when they die. For example, 99 percent of us will never be able to donate organs when we die — yes, 99 percent. So, joining the registry is simply saying, ‘if I could save a child’s life or a person’s life, after I’m gone, I’m willing to do it.’ Most of us will never be able to, but if we’re a part of that 1 percent who can, why not do this.”

Snyder said you never know when a sudden infection could attack your liver or heart and doctors tell your family that the only chance for survival — the cure for your sickness, is a transplant.

“If something happened to me, I’d certainly take a transplant,” said Snyder. “Therefore, I’m registered to say, ‘if I’m part of that 1 percent and can save a life, I’m willing.”

With 1,000 Kentuckians now on a waiting list for a transplant, Snyder said, “now is the time to think about signing the registry to be an organ donor.”

“It’s so easy and so very important to simply say, ‘yes’ I will be part of this life saving effort, when you renew your driver’s license at their Circuit Court Clerk’s office. Every ‘yes’ gives hope to the thousands of kids and patients in need of transplants.”

For more information on the Trust For Life organ donation program you may visit their web site at www.TrustForLife.org or visit their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TrustForLife. You may also call at 1-866-945-5433 or 502-322-5401.

Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde

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