Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Dedicates New ‘Donate Life’ Flag at Friday Ceremony

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Donor mother, Shannon Adkins and heart transplant recipient, David Flores with the “Donate Life” flag

Christopher Jones, MD, Transplant Service Line Program Director

Left to Right: Angela McCoy, Chief Deputy, Drivers License -- Jefferson County; Rabbi Dr. Nadia Siritsky, VP of Mission; David Flores, Heart Transplant Recipient; Shannon Adkins, Donor Mother and Philanthropist for KODA and Trust for Life; Julie Bergin, CEO, KODA; Tammy Thompson, Client Services Coordinator, KODA; Christina Paxton, Family Aftercare Coordinator, KODA.
On Friday, July 13, the Trager Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital joined with representatives from Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) to dedicate a new “Donate Life” flag that will be permanently on display in the lobby of the Trager Transplant Center. Speaking at the event were Christopher Jones, MD, Transplant Service Line Program Director; Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of Trust for Life; Shannon Adkins, donor mother; Emma Birks, MD, and David Flores, heart transplant recipient. Rabbi Dr. Nadia Siritsky opened and closed the program and with a reflection and blessing.

During the program, Dr. Jones provided his thoughts on the important significance of the flag dedication:

“Today, we gather to dedicate this flag in honor of all organ donors who have given selflessly, in honor of all organ recipients who are living their fullest lives courageously, and in honor of all families, whether in memory or as a thankful beneficiary. Today, we honor you all.

Scripture says, that it is more blessed to give than to receive. This is so true! So let this flag be a visible sign to all who see it -- that organ donors give us help for the continuation of life, and organ recipients give us hope by living grateful lives. All of us in some way are called to help and to give hope for the perpetuation of life!

That’s why I believe this flag is so very important. This flag and the meaning behind it represents renewal, resurgence, refreshing and rebirth! Every time we see the waving of this flag, may we always be reminded of all the lives that have been profoundly touched with help and hope.”

Over the past year, the Trager Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital, in collaboration with the University of Louisville, has experience marked growth. Along with surpassing several historical milestones, more organs have been transplant than ever before in the program’s 53-year history including the 500th heart, 900th liver, 3,000 kidney and 5,000th organ overall.