In honor of NYS National Donate Life Month, I would like to call your attention to the more than 10,000 people who are waiting for organ transplants in New York state and that April is National Donate Life Month. According to LiveOnNY, a new person is added to the New York State organ transplant list every two and a half hours. More importantly, not only can one registered donor save up to eight lives, that same donor can help improve the lives of 50 others.
Each April, we recognize National Donate Life Month to raise awareness and promote the importance of organ donation so that our state can move up on the ladder of states with the highest donor registry. New York state adults register themselves as organ and tissue donors at less than half the rate of adults nationwide.
Only 22 percent of New Yorkers age 18 and over are registered but the need for lifesaving organs in New York state is among the highest in the country. We need to help get the word out to save New Yorkers’ lives. I urge New Yorkers to visit LiveOnNY.org to learn how easy it is to register to become a donor.
More information on the benefits of organ donation can be gained by watching my cable television show, “Speak Out-Long Live New York through Organ Donation” tonight and on April 8th when I speak with Helen Irving, president and CEO of LiveOnNY and Roxanne Watson, a heart transplant recipient. Irving reaches out to viewers to dispel many myths about organ donation and describes a special duality: not only may an organ donor live on through his or her recipients, but the recipients have a chance to live on as well.
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