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Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life Organ Donation Registry surpasses 2 million registrants


During a riveting and at times emotional press conference held in Lexington on Monday, Trust for Life, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ announced that the Commonwealth’s Organ Donation Registry now has more than 2 million registrants.

This is a major milestone for the nonprofit and its partner organizations, which all support lifesaving mission of organ, eye and tissue donation and education.

“This is a monumental moment for the Kentucky Organ Donor registry, and one made possible through the efforts of a multitude of caring individuals and various organizations throughout the Commonwealth,” said Melissa Cardwell, Trust For Life Board President. “For the past 27 years our singular mission has been to grow and expand Kentucky’s organ, eye and tissue donation registry, most notably with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Driver’s License Renewal Program established in 1992, a paradigm-changing initiative which no doubt led us to today’s achievement.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the passage of Kentucky Senate Bill 77 that Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law this past March and which expands the state’s organ and tissue donor registration for its single sign-on system starting next Jan. 1. The first of its kind in the nation, the new system will give Kentuckians the option of registering as organ donors when they log on to the Kentucky Online Gateway website at ssointernal.chfs.ky.gov. KOG is a repository for state services, that will greatly assist the current Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ driver’s license renewal program.

In attendance during the press conference was a very special guest, Mike Lutz, who is alive today thanks to a successful liver transplant in July of 2017. “Through the grace of God, I received a second chance at life through the selfless action of a stranger who donated the organ I now have within my body,” he said. “Today’s announcement should give hope to the many others who anxiously wait for the second chance at life I was so fortunate to receive.”

From Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks


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