Organ Donation

How Can Trustees Promote Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation?

Trustees have an important opportunity to help spread the word about organ donation, and to help members of their boards and their communities enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Consider passing out informational material at a board meeting, at a community event, and in your health care organization. For free materials, contact the New York Alliance for Donation, Inc.

Why is Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Important?

Every year, more than 1,500 people in New York State receive kidneys, livers, and hearts that have been donated for transplantation. However, with more than 8,000 New Yorkers still on waiting lists, the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. As a resident of New York, you can enroll in the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry online, or you can Sign up through the Department of Motor Vehicles when you apply for or renew your license or non-driver ID.

If you are enrolled in the registry, New York does not require family consent to carry out your wishes to be an organ, eye or tissue donor. However, keeping everyone informed will help avoid any confusion or delays.

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