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‘UK at the Half’: The need for organ donors is greater than ever

More than 1,000 Kentuckians are waiting for a kidney, liver, lung or heart transplant.
The Gift of Life Wall inside UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A honors Kentucky organ donors, who have saved countless lives. In Kentucky, more than 1,000 patients are currently awaiting an organ transplant.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2023) — The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville recently wrapped up the 21st year of the Gift of Life College Challenge in which over 500 fans joined Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

In this "UK at the Half," Alexandre Ancheta, M.D., surgeon at the UK HealthCare Transplant Center, talks about the need for more organ donors, and how you can help give the gift of life. Even though the challenge is over, the need for organ donors is greater than ever.

More than 1,000 Kentuckians are waiting for a kidney, liver, lung or heart transplant. Nationwide, someone is added to the national transplant list every 10 minutes. Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

Anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, regardless of age or medical history. For more information about registering as an organ donor, visit

“UK at the Half” airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the “UK at the Half” interview, click on the play button above.

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