Celebrated each April, Donate Life Month features an entire month of activities that highlight the impact of organ, eye, and tissue donation here in New York, educate New Yorkers, and encourage enrollment on the New York State Donate Life Registry. The impact of organ, eye and tissue donation in New York alone is profound with 21,000 lives saved and more than 6,000 improved over the last 35 years. However, despite the success, the lack of registered organ donors is contributing to a humbling statistic: every 15 hours a New Yorker dies waiting for an organ.
“The need for organ donors has never been greater, especially here in New York where more than 10,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ,” said Helen Irving, President and CEO of the New York Organ Network. “Becoming an organ donor isn’t the first thing people want to think about, but it is an act of true selflessness. That act of selflessness could someday save the lives of eight others. And, as many families of organ donors have expressed, a loved one donating organs can provide a sense peace, comfort, and even pride. During Donate Life Month we shine a bright spotlight on the fantastic power of organ donation with the ultimate goal of making it a societal norm.”
Only 22% of eligible New Yorkers (age 18 and older) are enrolled on the New York State Donate Life Registry (compared to the national state average of 47%). To help raise awareness, NYODN will host events and spearhead initiatives, including:
Organ donation remains one of the top healthcare priorities on a local and national level. One of the highlights of the approved New York State budget is funding to launch a public-private partnership with the goal of increasing enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry, and, ultimately, saving more lives through organ donation.
To sign up as an organ donor, or to learn more about NYODN April Donate Life Month activities, please visit: www.donatelifeny.org