MARION COUNTY STATS
Currently, 47.3 percent of the county’s total population are registered as organ and tissue donors. That’s a significant increase from 2014 when the county was at 41 percent.
So far this year, 62 percent of people obtaining a driver’s license at the Marion Circuit Clerk’s Office are saying “yes” to the dollar donation to the Trust for Life.
Story and photos by Kacie Goode
Landmark News Service
Marion County native Lisa Cissell is an out-of-the-ordinary case. Like nearly 30,000 others in the United States, Cissell has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe.
But unlike the majority of the CF population, Cissell wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood.
Imagine waking up this morning and finding out that you need a life-saving organ to survive.
You, a family member or a friend might be living that reality today.
Or, you might find out tomorrow that you need a new kidney.
Or, a week from now your doctor could tell you that your child needs a new heart, your mother needs new lungs or your father needs a new liver to survive.
Can you imagine?
More than 1,000 adults and children in Kentucky are living that reality right now. They are waiting for a life-saving transplant this very second.
Calvary Elementary School Principal Sara Brady beamed as she looked out at her students in the sea of green T-shirts Friday morning.
The school celebrated its first official year in the Leader in Me program with a series of programs and tours.
“Proud doesn’t begin to touch how I feel today,” Brady said, addressing students, faculty and others in attendance for the event.
Marion County Public Schools celebrated reading all week long last week. The annual community event was held on April 19 at Marion County High School. While most of the event centers around reading, event attendees also enjoyed a presentation by Kentucky author George Ella Lyon, a petting zoo, face painting, corn hole, a mini Marion County Country Ham Days Festival and a variety of foods. The event was attended by hundreds of students and their families.