February 20, 2023
Feb 20

Doggone! Donate Life Kentucky Launches 2023 “Save My Human” Campaign

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2023) – Donate Life Kentucky has gone to the dogs … and cats, birds, and horses. For every treat, every behind-the-ear scratch, and every game of fetch pets get from their humans – their love continues to grow; however, what happens when their human becomes ill and needs an organ transplant to keep the family together? To help, pets across Kentucky have traded chasing their tails for a call to action by teaming up with Donate Life . . .

February 9, 2023
Feb 9

Donate Life KY Partners With Kentucky Blood Center for Statewide Blood Drive to Celebrate National Donor Day

Drive to take place on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 and will support the urgent-to-critical need for blood donors LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2023) – Donate Life KY, in partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC), is inviting donors from across the state to give blood on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, which is also National Donor Day. The drive will help support the urgent-to-critical need for blood across the state and will also help support the health and recovery . . .

January 10, 2023
Jan 10

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Eclipse Donation Records in 2022

Organization celebrates more lives saved through organ donation than any other year LOUISVILLE, Ky., (Jan. 10, 2023) – For the fifth consecutive year, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) has once again broken its record of saving lives. In 2022, 239 organ donors and 539 tissue donors resulted in nearly 600 lives saved across the Commonwealth – a 23% increase in organ donation compared to 2021 and the most lives saved in any year. “Registering as an organ donor is a . . .

October 3, 2022
Oct 3

Senate Bill 30 Goes Into Effect; Expands Organ Donor Registry and Education

Senate Bill 30 Goes Into Effect; Expands Organ Donor Registry and Education SB 30 creates new ways to register to become an organ donor LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2022) – Senate Bill 30 goes into effect today, allowing the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to add organ donation questions to the screen when individuals renew their car tags online. This will impact more than 30,000 people per month on average. “On any given day, more than 100,000 Americans are waiting for a . . .

September 13, 2022
Sep 13

From Recovery to Reception: Kidney Transplant Collaborative Grant Funds Innovative Program to Increase Transplant Rates Nationwide

Media Contact:Mary Jane Rodes859.494.4484  Washington, DC (September 12, 2022) Recipients of the Kidney Transplant Collaborative (KTC)’s 2022 grant program are already making important progress to help increase kidney transplants and reduce barriers among patients and donors nationwide. Earlier this year, the KTC announced the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) as one of its inaugural grant recipients. KODA is using the funds to explore and test new technologies that would make it possible for kidneys to be transported on pulsatile perfusion pumps via aircrafts, with . . .

May 11, 2022
May 11

Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Cole Wins National Lifesaver Award

Innovative Kentucky leader recognized for commitment to organ and tissue donation LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 22, 2022) – Donate Life KY today announced Kentucky Transportation Cabinet official Matt Cole has been nationally recognized for his efforts to raise awareness and save lives through organ donation. Cole was awarded the Donate Life America (DLA) Lifesaver Award for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) – Region II. He also earned the National Lifesaver Award at the AAMVA Annual International Conference (AIC). . . .

February 13, 2022
Feb 13

Donate Life KY Launches New Health Education Program Online

Free virtual program designed for 4th grade elementary school students in KY and WV LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 7, 2022) — Donate Life KY is revolutionizing elementary education by bringing its in-person program, Life is Cool, to an online platform for fourth-grade students in Kentucky and West Virginia. The Life is Cool program meets state-approved curriculum standards for topics such as organs, tissues, blood, corneas, and the importance of making healthy choices. The program aims to educate students on the importance of organ . . .

February 2, 2022
Feb 2

Donate Life KY Introduces “Faces of Donation” Art Exhibit During Black History Month

Exhibit to feature portraits of Black organ donor families, recipients and physicians LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2022) – During Black History Month, Donate Life KY will host an art exhibit at Louisville’s KULA Gallery called “Faces of Donation,” which will feature portraits of local Black organ donors, donor families, recipients and physicians, illustrated by Louisville artist Charles Rice, creator of “ArtbyRice.” Each portrait will represent someone locally who has been impacted by organ donation. “In 2021, we encountered record-breaking numbers of . . .

January 13, 2022
Jan 13

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Announces Record-Breaking 2021

Nonprofit organization reports 75% increase in local donors since 2017 LOUISVILLE, Ky., (Jan. 13, 2022) – Despite a global pandemic, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) have again broken their record of saving and enhancing lives with more than 1,000 heroic organ, tissue, and cornea donors in 2021. The nonprofit organ procurement organization supported the decisions of more donor families than ever before — 189 organ donors and 484 tissue donors resulted in 536 organ transplants and more than 500 lives . . .