116 days until Christmas!

Sorry for the reminder, but it’s almost holiday season in my world. I can’t even fathom how that’s happened so quickly! 61 days until Halloween (if you needed another reminder of how quick the year is going)

We had a wonderful picnic in Lexington at Jacobson Park last week where Ambassadors experienced a whole lot of love and friendship. Here’s a Facebook post from a recipient family on how special it was.

Tonight we attended a picnic surrounded by fellow organ recipients and their loved ones. I cannot begin to describe how…

Posted by A Match For Ryan on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Our Hospital Development department hosts Champion Trainings around the state to train nurses on the process and other things surrounding donation. They let me speak, I probably went over time, BUT I enjoyed it AND I registered 5 nurses in the room. One of the ladies in this picture is a recipient wife and appreciated the insight the training had to offer!

On August 12th, Monica (heart recipient) along with Karen (bone marrow donor) sweated in parts they never even knew they had at an event called Unity Jam. Monica’s so cool and smart that she took a Donate Life scarf and made it a great head piece. Together they signed up 30 people in total for both registries! The event as a whole gave out over 1,000 free backpacks to JCPS students! 5 of those were from me, thanks to KODA’s Social Responsibility Committee, generous coworkers, sorority sisters and friends!

I also want to give a huge shout out to everyone that participated in the Kentucky State Fair! These volunteers (ambassadors, circuit court clerks, families, etc.) were out there for 11 (ELEVEN!) days spreading the word about the mission. We also had a group in Hopkinsville aka Eclipseville raising money for the 2018 Transplant Games. Their goal is to send Team Kentucky to Utah at no cost to the recipient or donor families that participate. The rain drenched them during set up. Dedication isn’t even a good word to describe all of these wonderful advocates!

Here’s a few other things heading our way (much quicker than I anticipated!)

If you want to learn more about the mission or just want to spend some time with the cool kids (Community Outreach) come out to Regional Trainings. We’re in 4 locations across the state starting in October! Lastly, Happy Labor Day! Don’t eat too much barbecue and enjoy your loved ones’ company! Also stay cool and be a registered donor cool