Reception set for June 27 for people affected by organ donation

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SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Circuit Clerk’s Office celebrated April as Donate Life Month, kicking off their annual fundraising efforts for the Trust For Life program.

Magoffin County Circuit Clerk Tonya Ward told the Independent last week that just since the beginning of April they have already raised $300, putting them well on their way to hitting their goal of $1,500 for the year. 

Through bake sales and the donations when people renew their licenses, the office is raising funds for Trust For Life, the program that helps those going through the organ transplant surgery process, financially assisting them with hotel rooms, gas, food and other essential expenses.

They are also taking chances on a University of Kentucky-themed basket, with all the proceeds going to Trust For Life, as well. 

The Magoffin County Circuit Clerks’ office has been ranked first in the state for the past 11 years in the $1 donations (when people renew their licenses). 

Ward, along with Tracy Watson, announced that they will be hosting a reception for all families touched by organ donation on June 27 at noon at the clerk’s office in the Magoffin County Justice Center. They invited anyone in the community waiting on an organ, people on the list, recipients of organ transplants and the families of those who’ve donated for an informal reception. Refreshments will be served.

Watson underwent a double-lung transplant on November 14, 2014.

“I truly believe if I had not received a transplant, I wouldn’t be alive today,” Watson said.

Ward emphasized how important it is to sign up to be an organ donor.

“It’s so easy to be an organ donor, and only 1 percent of all organ donors actually get to give the gift of life,” Ward said.

As for the reception on June 27, Ward said, “We just want to give them a chance to share their stories and be around people in the same situation.”

For more information about the reception, the public can contact Tracy Watson, at 606-367-4184, or Tonya Ward, at 349-2215.