On Friday, April 4th, Jennifer Cook, the Events Director from the Katie Caples Foundation visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to give the club an update and preview of the upcoming Katie Ride being held on April 12th.
The Katie Ride was established in 2005 to raise awareness about the impact of organ donation registration and to raise funds for the Katie Caples Foundation educational programs.
Jennifer shared with the audience staggering information about the status of organ donations in the U.S. For example, there are 121,000 patients listed on the national organ donation registry awaiting for an organ. Eighteen people across the country die each day awaiting a donated organ. One area the Katie Caples Foundation focuses is reaching students in 20 counties as they get their drivers licenses, whereby they can indicate their desire to donate their organs. And they are seeing great results in their awareness campaigns.
In the state of Florida, forty-seven percent (47%) of licensed drivers are organ donors; however, in the twenty counties covered by the Katie Caples Foundation, sixty-four percent (64%) of licensed drivers are designated organ donors.
The upcoming Katie Ride continues to grow in its reach and exposure of organ donation awareness. You can get more information about participation in the Katie Ride, whether it be to ride a bicycle, walk, volunteer, or support the other participants by visiting the website at www.katierideforlife.org.
Pictured here is Jennifer Cook, Events Director, with Mark Dennis, president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.