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A campaign to bring greater Internet access to underserved residents in the county could provide more public technology resources and even save lives, according to program organizers.
Representatives from the Kentucky Circuit Clerk's Trust For Life and Shelby County Public Library said the new collaborative program could give more people access to computers and enable them to sign-up for the state's organ donor registry. The registry records motorists' wishes to donate organ and tissue for transplantation in the event of a fatal accident.
Library director Pam Federspiel said in a statement the library strives to provide informational access to patrons and expand access to its computers. Brochures about the organ donation program have been placed at the library's seven workstations to increase awareness.
"We are going to get more computers when we get our addition completed," which would increase opportunities to the public said Linda Mahone, of the library's marketing department. The library's addition should be complete by June 2008.
Kentuckians can sign-up to be an organ donor on-line at www.donatelifeky.org. About 160,000 Kentuckians are already on the registry.
"Signing up only takes minutes -- minutes that can mean years of life to patients waiting for a transplant," said Monica Johnson, project coordinator for Trust for Life.
Trust for Life is a non-profit agency that advocates organ and tissue donation awareness. It is sponsored by The Kentucky Circuit Clerks Association.
More than 96,000 Americans, including more than 740 Kentuckians, are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.