KY To Offer 'Organ Donor' Symbol On Licenses

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 1/16/2013 7:22 pm
Soon, Kentuckians could save lives...just by getting their driver's licenses renewed.

Starting Jan. 23rd, a blue heart stamp with the words 'organ donor' can be printed on the front of Kentucky licenses.

"The registry's been around for quite some time...but it was not indicated on your license that you were on the registry," said Jenny Miller Jones, Director of Education for the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates.

Supporters of the campaign for the organ donor license option said they hope it will encourage more Kentuckians to sign up--as of this writing, it's a mere 35%.

Miller Jones said 116,000 people nationwide are in need of organ transplants, and that more than 900 people in Kentucky are doing the same.

One such person is Braxton Upthegrove. His mom, Michelle Upthegrove, said he needs a kidney.

For her son's treatment, she said, "I do dialysis seven nights a week, 10 hours a night."

And for people like Upthegrove, the campaign could be a literal lifesaver.

"I feel like it's gonna reach more people, and the more people we reach, the better off my child's gonna be, and everybody else."

Kentucky residents can join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry at their circuit court clerk's office or online at www.donatelifeky.org.
Share
Most Popular
Former Kentucky coach charged with sex abuse
A former western Kentucky high school football coach has been charged with sexual abuse and inducing a minor into a sexual performance.
Police: Vehicle Runs Over Man During Delivery at Paul Miller Ford
According to Lexington Police, a man was working a delivery in the back of Paul Miller Ford when a vehicle rolled over his legs.
Police: Couple Admits to Feeding 4-Year-Old Hot Sauce & Vinegar as Punishment
A mother and her boyfriend have confessed to forcing their four-year-old to eat hot sauce and vinegar as punishment, according to an arrest warrant.
2014 36 Blitz: Bath County Wildcats
Wildcats Aim To Take Two Steps Forward After Step-back in 2013 Video Video
2014 36 Blitz: Corbin Redhounds
Perennial power under new leadership with unlikely connection to the program. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.