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Save a life, get a donut at ‘Donuts for Donors’

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2022)­ — Want to save a life, but you also need a snack?

Stop by "Donuts for Donors" between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Gatton Student Center to learn more about joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

Part of the annual “Gift of Life Challenge” between University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, students, faculty and staff can learn more about what it means to be an organ donor, and how they could save the life of one of the 1,000 Kentuckians awaiting an organ transplant.

“UK and UofL fans may be bitter rivals when it comes to sports, but one thing we can all come together on is the need for more organ donors,” said Melinda Fox, administrator for the UK Transplant Center. “At the end of the day, we’re all Kentuckians, and we look out for each other. By joining the registry, you can give the gift of a second chance at life.”

During the three-week challenge, which began Nov. 1, the universities will compete to see which school’s fan base can register the most people as organ donors. Since the Gift of Life Challenge began in 2001, college students, faculty, coaches and staff have encouraged thousands to join the organ donor registry through campus events, social media posts, newsletter articles and donor registry sign-up stations on campus.

“It is our mission to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation, and as the number of registered organ donors grows, so will the number of lives saved,” says Shelley Snyder, executive director for Donate Life Kentucky. “For that reason, this is really a competition with no losers — every name added to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry gives hope to the 1,000 Kentuckians in need of an organ transplant.”

Both universities receive a unique link to the donor registry to help with sign-ups. At the end of the challenge, a trophy will be awarded to the top school during the Battle of the Bluegrass men’s basketball game on Dec. 31.

Learn more about the Gift of Life Challenge or register to become an organ donor here

About Donate Life Kentucky

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is an organ procurement organization whose mission is to provide organs and tissues to those in need while maintaining a profound respect for those who gave. The mission of Trust For Life (TFL) is to educate and encourage Kentuckians to register as organ and tissue donors while obtaining a driver’s license and beyond. These organizations partner in education and outreach and use the combined national Donate Life brand; learn more here.

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