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County Clerks hit $4 million mark raised money for organ donation

Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Program funds the state registry and other educational initiatives

The Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation is pleased to announce it has reached the 4 million dollar mark in donations since its inception in 1996.

“Thanks to the dedication of our state’s county clerks, we have been able to raise money to provide our citizens with education on the importance of organ and tissue donation,” Janice Butler, president of the Tennessee Association of County Clerks said.

She and Tom McRedmond, Foundation Executive Director, recognized the continued dedication and commitment of Tennessee County Clerks at their recent spring meeting. Each clerk office will receive a plaque for their contribution to reaching the milestone.

Moore County Clerk Nancy Hatfield is a strong advocate for the “Donate-A-Dollar” program.

“We are pleased to be a part of saving lives through this program,” said Hatfield. “I want to thank the citizens of Moore County for their continued generosity and support of organ and tissue donation. Many of us have a connection to the subject because we know someone whose life has been saved because of an organ transplant or we knew a donor who passed on the gift of life.”

The Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation has reached the $4 million mark in monies raised since their beginning. Moore County’s Clerk, Nancy Hatfield (right), was recognized for her advocacy as Dawn Benjamin, Public Relations Coordinator for Tennessee Donor Services, presents Hatfield with a plaque to hang in the courthouse. (Photo Provided)

The Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation has reached the $4 million mark in monies raised since their beginning. Moore County’s Clerk, Nancy Hatfield (right), was recognized for her advocacy as Dawn Benjamin, Public Relations Coordinator for Tennessee Donor Services, presents Hatfield with a plaque to hang in the courthouse. (Photo Provided)

The Tennessee County Clerks Association launched the foundation in 1996 to support organ donation education in Tennessee. The foundation works in cooperation with the non-profit Tennessee Donor Services and Mid-South Transplant Foundation to educate Tennesseans on the importance of becoming an organ and tissue donor.

A board comprised of physicians, donor service professionals and county clerk representatives administer the funds, which over the years have been critical to the development of the Donate Life Tennessee online registry, the creation and distribution of educational materials, school based programs and recognition programs for organ and tissue donors.

Currently in the United States there are more than 118,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, over 2,500 of those live in Tennessee. Every 18 minutes a patient on the waiting list will die and every 10 minutes a new name will be added to the list.

As of June 2013, more than 1,850,000 Tennesseans have signed up on the Donate Life Tennessee Organ & Tissue Donor Registry either online or through the Department of Safety. On average, nearly 3,500 people are added each week.

While the rate falls far short of the nationwide goal to register 50 percent of each state’s licensed drivers, Tennessee’s registry is growing quickly. Tennesseans can register to be an organ donor by simply Checking ‘YES’ when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or by going online to <www.donatelifetn.org>.

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