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Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks’ celebrate 25 years of Trust For Life at AOC college

Kentucky circuit court clerks celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Trust For Life program as part of the 2017 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place Sept. 17-20 in Covington. The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life to educate Kentuckians about the life-saving mission of organ donation. The program was the first of its...

Kentucky by Heart: State organ donation program brings sense of hope to times of tragedy

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Back in 1992, Arthur “Whitey” Walson of Winchester lost a cousin who was waiting for a heart transplant. The whole episode touched him deeply, and with a sense of hope he figured his position as Circuit Clerk of Clark County might provide a public forum for him to do something proactive. He wanted to help others seeking transplants to see a better fate, and...

Been There, Done That: Elaine Milem uses own transplant experience to guide others

Elaine Milem, second from right, is a patient navigator at the UK Transplant Center and draws on her transplant experience to help others. She and other kidney advocates, pictured, recently visited Capitol Hill to discuss legislation that would improve care for individuals with chronic kidney disease. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   As a patient navigator at the...

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...

Heart-lung transplant can’t keep longtime middle school teacher out of the classroom

Teacher David Morrow, who received a combined heart and kidney transplant at UK Chandler Hospital, is back in his middle school classroom. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   After 34 years in the classroom, many schoolteachers might be looking to move on to new things.   Not David Morrow. The 57-year-old science and language arts teacher at East Washington Middle...