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Mrs. Charlotte Wong, Education Coordinator for the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, and Mrs. Brandi Speck stand in front of a Donor Family Memorial Quilt during a presentation held at University of Cumberlands. Speck is holding a picture of her son Riley who received a heart transplant.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science hosted Mrs. Charlotte Wong, Education Coordinator of the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) on Wednesday, November 12, during Convocation in 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.

Accompanying Wong was Mrs. Brandi Speck, of Lexington, who spoke about her 18-month-old son, Riley, who had received a heart transplant. Riley is now 4 years old and is a healthy and active child thanks to a “Gift of Life.”

Students and faculty had the opportunity to view a Donor Family Memorial Quilt. Each of the personal squares on the Quilt represents a donor who has saved or enhanced the lives of others.

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 or 1-800-525-3456.