Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was among several hospitals across Kentucky honoring the lives of organ, eye and tissue donors during a “Pause to Give Life” ceremony on Monday, April 18th. This is an annual event held in partnership with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) to spread awareness of the life-changing decision to become an organ donor. At 10:08am, attendees observed a moment of silence to signify that just one donor can save up to eight lives.

PMC Chief Operating Officer Kansas Justice, PMC Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainey, local organ recipient Barry Estep, KODA Community Liaison Lauren Sayler and PMC Medical Director of Pulmonology and Critical Care Dr. Ayorinde Medaiyese were among those in attendance.

“We are so thankful for our collaboration with KODA and for all its great work,” said COO Kansas Justice. “PMC is honored to be able to participate in this event to educate our fellow Kentuckians about the need for more registered organ, tissue and eye donors. Of the 100,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant, one thousand are in Kentucky.”

During the ceremony, speakers recognized and honored Kentucky donors and their families who have selflessly given the gift of life and healing through organ, tissue and eye donation.

Last year in Kentucky, there were more than 180 deceased organ donors, more than 480 tissue donors and more than 700 cornea donors. Many recipients received the gift of life and hope with more than 400 organs transplanted from both living and deceased donors.

To learn more about organ donation, visit https://donatelifeky.org/why-donate/

For more information about KODA, visit https://donatelifeky.org/partners/koda/