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April is Organ Donor Awareness Month and KDMC had special visitors today from Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, or KODA. They brought with them the Donor Quilt, which honors individuals (and families) for donating life.

Pancreas recipient Morgan McCallvin of Ashland was on hand to talk about her experiences as an organ recipient, while KODA representatives Joy Adkins and Teresa Burns discussed the need for organ and tissue donation.

Across the U.S., there are more than 117,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant; 900 of these live in Kentucky. KODA says about 18 people die every day waiting for a transplant, with another name added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. 

In Kentucky, individuals may indicate their wish to be a donor by joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The registration can be completed online at donatelifeky.org.

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