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Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust For Life’s 2019 High School Challenge helps to engage students

Student groups across Kentucky will be participating in the 2019 High School Challenge sponsored by Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust for Life (TFL) and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). The competition will run Oct. 13-Nov. 4, and the competition theme this year is “Be Magical, Be an Organ Donor.” Just like last year, groups will be encouraged to get creative with marketing efforts. The...

KODA celebrates record-setting year; 423 organs transplanted to save lives in 2018

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) had a record-setting year in 2018, saving more lives and giving more individuals the gift of living longer. The organ procurement organization cared for 134 organ donors resulting in 423 organs transplanted. These were the highest numbers of organ donors and organs transplanted in KODA’s 32-year history. Also, more than 30,000 lives were enhanced by the generosity...

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates 2018 High School Challenge results announced

Throughout the month of October, 31 chapters of the Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Health Occupations Students of America, and Key Club participated in the KODA 2018 High School Challenge to support its Donate Life Kentucky’s mission of increased organ donor recruitment. The results? An incredible 2,876 new names were added to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The...

Kentucky’s organ donation awareness programs capture three national awards in Oregon

Kentucky’s organ donation awareness programs captured three national awards this year at the convention in Portland, Oregon — both the Youth Education and Innovation Creativity Awards from Donate Life America, as well as the Groundbreaker Award from the American Association for Tissue Banks. The awards are in recognition of the creation of an innovative mobile app for school challenges, Bridge2Life...

Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life teams with Organ Donor Affiliates for Legacy of Life 5K/Walk

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), in partnership with University of Louisville Hospital, will host its 9th Annual Legacy of Life Run/Walk in Louisville’s Iroquois Park on Sept. 15. All proceeds from the event will go to the Circuit Clerk’s Trust For Life/KODA’s patient assistance fund, as well as U of L Hospital’s Donor Family...

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates announces appointment of four new board members

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) has announced four new members to its board of directors. KODA is one of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the U.S. working to save lives through organ donation and enhance lives through tissue donation. The Board of Directors is KODA’s governing body and meets periodically to discuss and vote on KODA affairs. Julie Bergin, BSN, MHA, KODA’s president...

Organ donors recognized, honored during UK HealthCare’s annual Gift of Life Celebration

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward On November 2015, Frankfort native Brian Chenault went to the doctor for what appeared to be a bout of pneumonia. After more than a year of struggling with the illness, Brian received some much more distressing news: a viral infection had damaged his heart beyond repair. This past January, the 39-year-old was referred to UK HealthCare for a heart transplant. “I...

Close to his Heart: Morehead football coach Rob Tenyer, Eagles promote organ donation

By Mark Maloney Special to KyForward When he’s not tied up with duties as the Morehead State head football coach, Rob Tenyer does his best to promote a cause close to his heart. Organ donation. This fall, for the fourth season in a row, MSU will have a game-day event to promote that effort and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. KODA, as it is known, was formed in 1987 and is dedicated to saving...

‘Life is Cool’ demos give youngsters an
inside look at how body’s organs function

Pig organs are effective teaching tools. Statewide, Landsdowne Elementary in Lexington is the 31st school that ‘Life is Cool’ has visited since 2008. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For fourth-grader Riley Speck, learning alongside classmates about the body’s organs reminded him of the generous Chattanooga family who gave him a new heart.   At...

Mt. Sterling man among 81 to be honored on Donate Life float in this year’s Rose Parade

In addition to the 81 memorial floragraph portraits honoring deceased donors, the Donate Life float will feature 5,000 roses with vials carrying personal messages. (Rendering from DonateLifeFloat.org)   A Mount Sterling man, who upon his death saved and enhanced the lives of many others through organ and tissue donation, will be featured on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade on New Year’s...

Forty years later, man connects with organ donor’s family, celebrates Gift of Life at UK

Organ recipient Jim Halcomb, center, joined his family at the Gift of Life Memorial Celebration at UK Chandler Hospital. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   Forty years ago, Perry County native Jim Halcomb received the gift of life – in the form of a new kidney – from an anonymous organ donor.   Halcomb, who was only 20 years old at the time, suffered from...

Self-portraits give UK transplant patients
chance to reflect, communicate life stories

Eight transplant patients from UK HealthCare participated in a four-day workshop creating canvases of their bodies that described their experience with transplantation. The workshop was facilitated by visual artist Xavier Verhoest of the Art2Be organization. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry and Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Eight transplant patients from UK HealthCare are using...

Self-portraits give UK transplant patients chance to reflect, communicate life stories

Eight transplant patients from UK HealthCare participated in a four-day workshop creating canvases of their bodies that described their experience with transplantation. The workshop was facilitated by visual artist Xavier Verhoest of the Art2Be organization. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry and Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Eight transplant patients from UK HealthCare are using...