The gift of life

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By The Staff

With only a few weeks until Christmas it seems everyone is searching for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. There are few greater feelings than giving a loved one something you know they will cherish. But I want to remind each of you of the greatest gift you could ever give anyone, and it doesn't come in a pretty box with a bow. It is "the gift of life."

Today there are more than 96,000 Americans, including more than 750 Kentuckians who are in desperate need of life-saving organ transplants. Hundreds of thousands more could benefit from tissue transplants. Unfortunately, there are not enough donated organs and tissues to go around and 16 people die everyday, waiting.

Organ donation is a sensitive issue and brings out many fears in people; fears that are often bred from myths and misconceptions about donation. Misinformation often prevents people from making the decision to become a potential organ donor. But the truth is, organ donation is a wonderful, life-saving gift. One donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people in need through organ and tissue donation.

I want to encourage all Kentuckians to learn more about organ and tissue donation and to join the new Kentucky Organ Donor Registry the next time you renew your driver's license or state identification card, or by visiting www.DonateLifeKY.org. Since the registry was launched in May 2007, more than 160,000 Kentuckians have already joined.

This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving - give "the gift of life".

To learn more about organ and tissue donation, please contact the Kentucky Circuit Clerks TRUST FOR LIFE toll free at (866) 945-5433 or on the web at www.trustforlife.org.

Kathy Nichols, circuit clerk,