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April is national Donate Life Month

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By Margaret forsee
Owen County Circuit Court Clerk
National Donate Life Month is celebrated each April to bring much needed attention to healing lives through organ, tissue, cornea and living donation. Through the entire year, Kentucky’s Circuit Clerks are dedicated to providing education and registering Kentuckians as organ donors while obtaining a license or ID.
Each year, Donate Life America creates artwork for National Donate Life Month that illustrates the power of donation from all sides. The 2017 art uses pinwheels to tell the donation story. Pinwheels capture and pass on energy. Each Donate Life pinwheel has four sails supported by one stem. The one stem symbolizes the power of one person to save and heal lives through donation. The four sails represent organ, tissue, cornea and living donation, the four ways one person can save and heal more than 75 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.
“The image of the pinwheel reminds us that we all have the potential power to save and heal lives. This April, we encourage you to watch the pinwheels transform the breeze into colorful motion.  Think of the lives transformed by donation and transplantation and register to be a donor,” says Owen Co. Circuit Clerk, Margaret Forsee. “Transplantation is a miracle.”
In Kentucky, everyone can register your decision to be an organ donor and save.  Regardless of age or medical history, everyone can say ‘yes’ at your Circuit Clerk’s office or join today at www.donatelifeky.org.
Currently, 53 percent of the Kentucky adult population are registered organ, eye and tissue donors. Yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated. More than 118,000* people are waiting for a transplant and a second chance at life. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time. That is almost one person dying every hour.  Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to save lives through donation and is a symbol of support to those who continue to wait.
What would you do if a family member needed a transplant?
Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available for transplant to save and heal lives.