Kentucky organ donation program marks 25th anniversary
The program began in 1992 -- and officials say the man behind it had a very personal reason for getting involved...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Trust for Life, the state's organ and tissue donation program.
According to a news release, the program began on Aug. 10, 1992, led by Arthur M. Walson, the Circuit Court Clerk in Clark County, Kentucky, at the time. Walson became an advocate for organ donation after losing a family member who was waiting for a heart transplant.
"We've come a long way since 1992, but with nearly 117,000 people awaiting a life-saving transplant in the United States, including the 1,000 patients in Kentucky, our work to encourage Kentuckians to register as donors is still so important," said Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk David L. Nicholson, in a statement. "Today, and every day, 22 people will die waiting for their gift of life. I am honored to work alongside my fellow Circuit Clerks and our hard-working deputies in this effort to save and heal lives."
According to the Jefferson County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk, 54 percent of Kentuckians, or more than 1.8 million people, have joined the Kentucky Donor Registry. All Kentucky residents who obtain a driver's license or ID at a Circuit Court Clerk's Office are asked about joining the Registry and donating $1 for public education about organ donation through the Trust for Life program.
"We are thrilled to mark the Trust's 25th anniversary throughout the Commonwealth on Aug. 10," said TFL Executive Director Shelley Snyder, in a statement. "We will also celebrate on Sept. 16 at our annual 5K run/walk in Winchester, Kentucky."
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