Tax Commissioner, LifeLink team up to save lives

The Fayette County Tax Commissioner’s Office joins together with LifeLink of Georgia and the Amey family to unveil the new donor registration kiosk. The Fayette County office is the first in the state to feature one of the kiosks. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

The Fayette County Tax Commissioner’s Office is out to save lives. Friday morning, Tax Commissioner Kristie King and representatives from LifeLink of Georgia unveiled a donor registration kiosk, the first in the state. The kiosk will streamline the process of becoming an organ donor. With a simple scan of their driver’s license on the kiosk tablet, anyone can sign up to help save lives.

The decision to be an organ donor was an easy one for King when she first registered for her driver’s license.

“I didn’t have to give it a second thought,” she said. “I won’t need them when I go, and what greater gift to give somebody than eyesight or life after I’ve left this earth.”

Together, King and LifeLink are breaking new ground as Fayette County becomes the first Tax Commissioner’s Office in the state to host one of the kiosks.

“This is so special,” said Cynthia Jenkins with LifeLink. “The reason we have this going on is to help save lives and help improve the quality of life.”

One of the lives saved by organ donation was on hand for the celebration. Eric Amey was just two-years-old when he received his kidney. At birth, doctors told his mother, Kim, that her son was unlikely to ever take his first breath. They were wrong.

“Doctor’s told me he had no chance of life and would never take his first breath. Eric is 15 years old now,” said Kim. “Eric wouldn’t be here without the donation of a kidney. That selfless act of a family saved my son’s life.”

Kim asked others to join the fight.

“By being a donor, you can save so many lives,” she said. “We appreciate all of those who are organ donors.”

Lee Langley, VP and Associate Director of LifeLink of Georgia, talked about the importance of the event, the culmination of April’s National Donate Life Month campaign.

“It’s a time that we honor our donors that gave the gift of life, and also we celebrate with the recipients because they were able to get their second chance,” he said.

Langley said the location for the first kiosk was an easy choice.

“It’s kind of a no-brainer that the first kiosk should end up here in Fayette County,” Langley said, highlighting King. “Because of her support of organ and tissue donation, a lot of her colleagues now are supporting donations.”

With 5,300 Georgians waiting on the call for their second chance, the need for transplants is steadily growing, but people can help stem the tide. A single organ and tissue donor can touch the lives of up to 75 people, and almost everyone can donate to help others, regardless of age or past medical history.

Langley hopes others will follow King’s lead.

“Hopefully more and more will be inspired by what she’s doing and it will spread throughout the state.”

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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