Bradley County praised for aid of state’s organ donor program
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BRADLEY County City Clerk Donna Simpson receives a plaque from Tennessee Donor Services public relations coordinator Dawn Benjamin. Banner photo, JOYANNA LOVE
BRADLEY County City Clerk Donna Simpson receives a plaque from Tennessee Donor Services public relations coordinator Dawn Benjamin. Banner photo, JOYANNA LOVE
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Bradley County contributed to the Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation’s reaching a milestone of raising $4 million statewide for organ donation education.

Bradley County Clerk Donna Simpson said money is raised by asking residents if they would like to donate a dollar to the program while they are paying for their license plate or renewing a plate.

“We are pleased to be a part of saving lives through this program. I want to thank the citizens of Bradley County for their continued generosity and support of organ and tissue donation,” Simpson said in a press release.

Simpson said it is not a requirement that staff ask, but it is something the department tries to emphasize. She said many people know someone who has benefitted from an organ transplant.

“It is an honor to participate (in the program) ... to save so many lives,” Simpson said.

Bradley County has participated in the “Donate-A-Dollar” program since it was created in 1996. Money collected has been used to develop the Donate Life Tennessee online registry, create and distribute educational materials, school-based programs and recognition programs for organ and tissue donors. The ultimate goal is that more people choose to become organ donors as a result of education and awareness efforts.

“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,” said Janice Butler, president of the Tennessee Association of County Clerks. 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.

According to a press release, “Currently in the United States there are more than 118,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and 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.”

More than 1.8 millions Tennessee residents have registered as organ donors on the Donate Life Tennessee Organ & Tissue Donor Registry either online at www.donatelifetn.org or through the Department of Safety.