LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2020) – Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the list for an organ transplant. In Kentucky, more than 1,000 people are awaiting the life-saving gift. Each day, 22 people die waiting for a transplant.
In Rivals For Life, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville face off in a competition to register new organ donors. Rivals For Life provides an opportunity to give the school rivalry and competitive spirit a new purpose by saving and healing lives. The school that registers 250 new donors before the end of the day Friday wins.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and a tissue donor can save up to 50. Every year, more than 1,000 Kentuckians have their eyesight restored through a cornea transplant.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.