there are more than 550 Kentuckians and more than
78,000 people waiting for an organ as their only hope
for life-saving treatment. One name is added to that
list every 20 minutes. We want to assist the faculty,
staff and students in becoming informed about organ
UK Transplant Center
Ky. (Dec. 13, 2002) --
The University of Kentucky and the University
of Louisville may be the state's most famous rivals
in the sports arena, but the schools are standing
together in a friendly competition supporting organ
and tissue donation.
When the Wildcats' and Cardinals' basketball teams
meet on Dec. 28 at Freedom Hall, the battle to secure
signed donor cards will be nearly a month old. Their
goal is to get the most fans to sign driver's licenses
or organ donor cards during the second annual Gift
of Life Challenge.
"Currently there are more than 550 Kentuckians
and more than 78,000 people waiting for an organ as
their only hope for life-saving treatment," Janie
Morrison, deputy director of the UK Transplant Center,
said. "One name is added to that list every 20
minutes. We want to assist the faculty, staff and
students in becoming informed about organ donation."
"Whether you will be cheering for the Kentucky
Wildcats or the Louisville Cardinals, I think everyone
will agree that increased education about organ and
tissue donation is a great reason for the two universities
to join forces," Morrison added.
To become a donor, visit a Gift of Life Challenge
booth on campus - at the Hilary J. Boone Center or
at the UK Chandler Medical Center - show your signed
driver's license or donor card, sign the fan roster,
then tell your family about your decision to become
an organ and tissue donor.
The challenge continues until the start of the UK
vs. U of L basketball game. The winning school will
be announced during halftime.