LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Donate Life KY announced Kentucky Transportation Cabinet official Matt Cole has been nationally recognized for his efforts to raise awareness and save lives through organ donation. Cole was awarded the Donate Life America (DLA) Lifesaver Award for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) – Region II. He also earned the National Lifesaver Award at the AAMVA Annual International Conference (AIC). Cole received the award as a result of the positive changes he has brought to the mission of organ and tissue donation in Kentucky.
Cole is Commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation, the Kentucky state agency that oversees multiple vehicle-related services, including driver’s license. Cole has served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life – an organization that helps comprise Donate Life KY – for five years and has held and participated in countless events to raise awareness about the mission of donation.With the transition of driver’s licenses from the Circuit Clerks’ office to the Transportation Cabinet, Cole has helped incorporate the Donate Life mission into the new regional offices and online technology. His expertise and assistance with SB30, signed by Gov. Beshear in March 2022, will allow the expansion of the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry through the online car tag renewal system.
Cole has been personally inspired by the mission of donation through the community members who have given and received the gift of life.The Donate Life America Lifesaver Award recognizes driver’s license partners who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their role in saving lives through donation. Driver’s license partners can nominate their peers for their inspiring work and dedication to increasing donor registrations. DLA and AAMVA judges considered award nominations by AAMVA Region (1-4). One Regional winner will be awarded at each 2022 AAMVA Regional Conference, with one national winner selected from the AAMVA regional award winners. The national winner, Commissioner Cole, will be recognized at the 2022 AAMVA AIC.
April is National Donate Life Month, a month-long celebration recognizing the commitment and impact of volunteers, driver’s license office partners, hospitals, and others impacted by donation and transplantation. The number of organ transplants in the United States has increased every year for the past 10 years, and Kentucky once again accomplished groundbreaking increases in donation and transplantation in 2021.
Today, more than 2 million Kentuckians are registered as organ donors; however, 1,000 Kentuckians still need lifesaving transplants. In the United States, 20 people die waiting for an organ transplant each day because there are not enough registered donors. For more information or to become a donor, go to www.donatelifeky.org.
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