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Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates visit UC


Williamsburg, Ky. - The Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) visited the University of the Cumberlands (UC) on Nov. 21st to speak to the student body about how to become an organ donor and the benefits of donating.

The Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) sponsored the event. The guest speaker, Charlotte Wong, gave a presentation about how organ donations are in demand. She said that over 100,000 people are on the registry for organ transplants, with nearly 1,000 of those people being from Kentucky. She also stated that seven different organs could be donated to save lives.

“I do believe in organ donation,” Wong said. “There are seven organs that could save seven lives.”

Wong strongly advocated signing up for the registry to donate one’s organs at death. According to Wong, KODA is the only state and federally licensed company that can procure organs at the time of death and immediately donate them. It is also a law that when a patient of a trauma accident has been deemed brain-dead, the family has to be approached about organ donation.

Wong presented a lot of information about how organ donations have saved lives and how it can be the cure to many diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and cirrhosis.

“We have a way to cure and the answer is organ donation,” Wong said.

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 Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant