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Letcher County Central High School senior Justin Honeycutt, who recently received a liver transplant, is pictured with liver transplant surgeon Dr. Marie Alanzo at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Honeycutt has been released from the hospital and is now at home in Letcher County.

Letcher County Central High School senior Justin Honeycutt, who recently received a liver transplant, is pictured with liver transplant surgeon Dr. Marie Alanzo at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Honeycutt has been released from the hospital and is now at home in Letcher County.

Hopefully, many of you will see some blue ribbons hanging around town this month, but do you know what they mean? Yes, they are UK blue and we do support our Kentucky Wildcats, but for thousands of people who are struggling to live they are a symbol of hope. Hope that people like you will be a hero and sign up to be an organ and tissue donor today. April is Donate Life Awareness Month.

Many of you remember the story in this area last year about Jake Lucas and how his choice to donate life helped so many people. Well, this year thanks to others like Jake, his cousin received a gift.

Justin Honeycutt, 17, a senior at Letcher County Central High School, received a liver transplant on January 16 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio. He has returned to school and is curre ntly doing well. So although you may not be aware of it, there are people in your community that are depending on you to be their hero.

There are more than 95,000 people currently on the transplant waiting list, but sadly only one percent of organ donors die in a way that their organs can be used. Thousands of people die each year due to the lack of organs. Will you or one of your loved ones be next? You can visit www.donatelifeky.org or go to your local driver’s license office to sign up today.

Justin Honeycutt and his family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during his transplant. Words will never express our gratitude to those who called, visited and prayer for him. Thanks also to the staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and to Justin’s hero and their family. May God bless each of you.


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