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12-05-2011


KODA Presents Organ Donation Program at UC

 


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science hosted Mrs. Charlotte Wong, Education Coordinator of the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) on Wednesday, November 16, during Convocation in the Gatliff Chapel on campus.

Wong spoke to students and faculty about the importance of organ donation. She encouraged those in attendance to talk with their loved ones about organ donation and to make them aware of their decision.

Wong says that she believes organ donation is a miracle. Cindi Norton, Chair of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science Department (HESS), agrees with Wong and states, “What better gift to give this year than the gift of life?”

Wong shared numbers with the crowd as she explained that every 14 minutes a new person is added to the waiting list, and every night, 18 of those that are in need of an organ die. These donors range from newborns to senior citizens. The seriousness of this issue has prompted November to be named as the month to thank all individuals who have given the “gift of life" by being an organ or tissue donor.

Students were blown away by the number of people that are in Kentucky, in need of an organ transplant. Before leaving, Wong passed out additional information about organ, tissue, and eye donation. Students left the Gatliff Chapel informed, and some of them became organ donors later that same day.

More than 100,000 Americans are registered on the United Network for Organ Sharing waiting list for donated organs, including more than 750 Kentuckians. Every year an estimated 3,000 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. Nine to eleven people die each day due to the lack of a donated organ.

For more information about organ and tissue donation, contact Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) at www.kyorgandonor.org or 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 Tierra Ball, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant