Circuit clerks’ work continues for organ donor registration, awareness

KY STANDARD | Kacie Goode
Max Dickerson poses next to a photo of his 8-year-old self at the Nelson Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. In 2009, Dickerson received a kidney and liver transplant and became one of many local faces advocating for organ donor registration and awareness.
As National Organ Donation Month has concluded and we wrap up our Kidney Connections series, the need for organ donation — all organs — never ceases.

But there are some whose efforts continue throughout the year, and who contribute to the state’s ability to help those suffering from organ failure — circuit clerks.

In nearly 25 years, circuit and deputy clerks have collected over $9 billion for organ donation awareness in Kentucky by asking those receiving or renewing a driver’s license to donate $1. But the efforts reach beyond donations, too.

Shelley Snyder, executive director for Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life, said more than 1.7 million people have registered as organ donors since 2007 and 99 percent of those who join the registry have done so when getting a license.

But even with those numbers, only about half of Kentuckians are registered, and the goal is to have 100 percent of the state.

Nelson County continues to be a part of those efforts to promote donor registration and awareness. Nelson County Circuit Clerk Diane Thompson said she has witnessed the perception of organ donation change over the years, as evidenced by the increase in those registering. But with hundreds of Kentuckians still needing organs, the efforts must continue. Continue reading

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