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Organ donor speaker visits Cumberlands


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— On Monday, November 12, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) department welcomed Charlotte Wong, a representative of the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) to speak on the UC campus. Wong provided hard-hitting facts that disproved many myths that surround the topic of organ donation.

Today, in the United States, there are approximately 115,000 people on a waiting list for vital organs. 800 of those come from Kentucky alone. Those who are on the waiting list to receive a transplant have no other option but organ donation, or they will die. Seventeen people will die every day, waiting for a transplant.

Wong explained that by placing your name on the organ donor’s list you have the potential to save up to seven lives with five vital organs—heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and lungs. Wong shared with UC’s student body that an astounding 87% of people who receive a pancreas as a result of organ donation are completely cured of Type I diabetes.

“Without giving, there can be no gift of life,” said Connie Howard, associate professor in the HESS department.

The facts resonated with UC students and following the program some signed up to become an organ donor. Wong encouraged students to speak to their families about the choice to become an organ donor, and encourage them to do the same.

For more information about organ and tissue donation, contact KODA at or call 1(800) 525-3456.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Rhyana Barker, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant