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Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life Breaks Record for Saving Lives Through Organ Donation


January 24, 2019 - The Kentucky Circuit Clerks’ Trust For Life is proud to announce that last year was a record-setting year, both locally and nationally, for saving lives through organ donation and giving individuals a second chance at life.

“In Kentucky, more than 140,000 people joined the Registry for the first time.  1,979,175 Kentuckians are now registered which is 60% of the adults in our Commonwealth,” explains Magoffin Co. Circuit Clerk, Tonya Ward.

Nationally, the 36,527 organs transplanted set an annual record for the sixth straight year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.  Locally, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates cared for 134 organ donors resulting in 423 organs transplanted. These were the highest numbers of organ donors and organs transplanted in the organ procurement organization’s 32-year history.  Also, more than 30,000 lives were enhanced by the generosity of the 367 tissue donors. An additional 1,000 patients have gained the gift of sight through from 824 cornea donors.

“As your Circuit Court Clerk, I am honored to partner with the lifesaving mission in which donors and their families give others a second chance at life.  I am proud of my deputies for asking each customer about joining the registry and donating $1 toward increasing education about organ donation.  In 2018, 2334 supportive Magoffin County residents donated $1 for community education,” explains Ward.  “I am ecstatic to announce that 3414 generous Magoffin County residents are now registered donors.  Every registered donor is a bright symbol of hope for children and adults waiting on a lifesaving organ.”

Becoming a registered organ donor is so easy.   When you go into the circuit clerk’s office, say ‘YES’ when they ask you if you would like to be registered. That’s all it takes.

 When you say ‘YES’ you give someone the ultimate chance of the gift of life. You can choose to donate life by joining the Kentucky Donor Registry at your local Circuit Court Clerk’s office or online at For more information about organ, tissue and cornea donation or to register as a donor, please visit

About the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life --
The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that informs, education and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ and tissue donors to save lives. For more information, call 1-866-945-5433, email or go to National Statistics available at