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Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

May 25, 2011


Every year, more than 1,500 people receive kidneys, livers, and hearts that have been donated for transplantation. However, with more than 10,000 New Yorkers still on waiting lists, the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestine) can save up to eight lives, while tissue donors (corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, veins, etc.) can improve fifty or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and prevent the loss of mobility and disability.

By enrolling in the Donate Life New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, you are giving legal consent for the recovery of your organs, tissues and eyes for the purposes of transplantation and research at the time of your death.

Recent News

New York Alliance for Donation Applauds Reforms to Organ and Tissue Donation Law

October 27, 2015

CONTACT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2015
Aisha Tator
518-326-3237
atator@alliancefordonation.org

PDF of press release

On behalf of the donation community, the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) applauds the Governor and State Legislature for taking decisive steps to achieve full implementation of Lauren's Law that will ensure New Yorkers consider enrollment in the state's organ and tissue donor registry. 

In 2012, Lauren's Law, named after a young girl, Lauren Shields, whose life was saved by a heart transplant, was created with the intent to require driver license applicants to actively choose whether they would like to become a registered organ, eye and tissue donor on the New York State Donate Life Registry. However, because the statute did not invalidate an application that left the organ and tissue donation section blank, it has not resulted in as much of a change in the administrative processes at the Department of Motor Vehicles as had been hoped. The legislation Governor Cuomo signed into law yesterday would fulfill the intent of Lauren's Law and prevent any driver license, non-driver identification, or renewal, application from being processed without the organ and tissue donation section being completed—thus ensuring New Yorkers are offered the opportunity to give the gift of life.

Working Together, Working for Life: Counties Come Together to Save Lives through Organ and Tissue Donation

September 22, 2015

New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) are joining together to launch a statewide collaborative campaign, "Working Together, Working for Life," to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. The two organizations are partnering together to take BOLD steps to help save and improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in dire need of transplants. 

Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) Donates Proceeds of Charity Auction to New York Alliance for Donation

March 19, 2015

The New York Alliance for Donation would like to express it's gratitude to the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) and its members for the generous donation of $5,035 to the New York Alliance for Donation, Inc.


Pictured, right to left: Penny Murphy, President & CEO of the Empire State Society of Association Executives, Inc. presents check to Aisha Tator, Executive Director, New York Alliance for Donation, Inc.

2014 National Minority Donor Awareness Week

July 30, 2014

National Minority Donor Awareness Week, celebrated annually August 1-7, is a nationwide observance to educate minorities of the desperate need for donation and transplantation within the multicultural community and how to register their decision to Donate Life. Approximately 64 percent of those on New York's transplant waiting list are minorities. While people of all ages and ethnicities can save and enhance lives through donation, organs are matched to recipients by a variety of factors—such as blood and tissue type—which can vary by race and ethnicity. While skin color is not a barrier when it comes to organ donations and transplants, the odds of a transplant being successful are much greater when a minority recipient receives an organ from a minority donor.


New York Alliance for Donation Applauds Creation of Public/Private Partnership for Administration of Donate Life Registry

April 8, 2014

Public/Private Partnership Saves Lives Of New Yorkers By Creating A User Friendly and Modernized Organ, Eye and Tissue Registry

ALBANY, NY April 8, 2014- The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) thanks Governor Cuomo and members of the NYS Senate and Assembly for taking decisive steps to improve the performance of the New York State Donate Life Registry. The 2014-15 State Budget allows for the transfer of administration of the state donor registry to a not-for-profit organization with experience facilitating organ, eye and tissue donation.

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