New York waiting list candidates as of today: 9,396

You are that ray of hope.

News Archive

Register Here To Become A Donor

About Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

October 12, 2017

You can now join the New York State Donate Life Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor Registry in ONE CLICK! 

Visit www.donatelife.ny.gov and become part of the movement to save and improve lives through donation. 

 



Every year, more than 1,500 people receive kidneys, livers, and hearts that have been donated for transplantation. However, with nearly 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 seventy-five 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.

To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation, visit the following pages:
Donation Facts
Donation FAQ
Professional Education
Public Education
Resource Links

Legal Issues Surrounding Organ and Tissue Donation Being Presented April 28, 2017

April 7, 2017

New York State is facing a health care crisis: the need for transplantable organs far exceeds the availability. While a single donor can help save the lives of up to 8 people, potential donors are rare. It is crucial that all of the participants in the process, legal, clinical, administrative and governmental are knowledgeable about the law and the process surrounding organ and tissue donation.

Presented by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Health Law Section in partnership with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD), and co-sponsored by the Health Law Committee and Bioethical Issues Committee of the New York City Bar, this program will discuss many of the legal, regulatory and ethical issues in donation and transplant, including:

  • Overview of the status and challenges surrounding organ and tissue donation in New York
  • Overview of federal and state laws surrounding organ and tissue donation
  • Panel discussion of hospital policies and procedures and the critical role of hospital counsel
  • Brain death and brain death guidelines and their involvement with organ donation
  • Exploration of ethics and organ donations

Friday, April 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 am)
Mount Sinai Hospital, Goldwurm Auditorium
1425 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

National Donate Life Month Kicks Off April 1

March 28, 2017

Across the entire country throughout the month of April, thousands of people make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, eye, tissue, marrow, and blood donors. We also take this time to encourage more Americans to follow their example and join the Donate Life Registry. Several activities are organized during this month to call attention to the need for organ and tissue donation, the impact donation has in saving lives of other individuals and the importance of people making their wishes known to their family in the event of an untimely death.

What Can You Do? Read more at http://www.alliancefordonation.org/donatelifemonth.

A listing of related events may be found here.

Teenage the Right Age to Join the Organ and Tissue Registry

February 14, 2017

Life-changing legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo in August 2016 takes effect today, February 14, 2017, potentially impacting thousands. The bill, A.4990B-Ortiz/S.5313A-Hannon, allows sixteen and seventeen-year-olds to express their intent to be organ, eye and tissue donors by enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry. With this law, New York joins 48 other registries, including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, where there is either no age restriction to join the donor registry, or the minimum age is younger than eighteen.

Make a Financial Contribution

January 23, 2017

Your financial contribution will support our mission to increase organ, eye, and tissue donation in New York State to ensure a transplant for every New Yorker. 

Your generosity and compassion helps support of our life-saving mission.

It's easy to make a contribution.

Contribute online:
Click "Donate" below to make an online contribution using Paypal's secure page.


Contribute by mail, with a check or money order, payable to Donate Life New York State:
Mail your contribution to:

New York Alliance for Donation/Donate Life NYS
185 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180

NYAD Recognized for Advancing Organ and Tissue Donation in State

December 12, 2016

TARRYTOWN, NY- The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) and its Executive Director, Aisha Tator, are being recognized by The Transplant Support Organization (TSO) with its Outstanding Leadership Award. This award recognizes the organization's hard work and dedication to improving the rate of organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State. TSO, a not-for-profit dedicated to the support of its members and the advancement of organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation, will honor NYAD and Tator on December 12, 2016 at their annual Celebration of Life Holiday Party.

Oct. 6 is Donor Enrollment Day!

October 5, 2016

Thursday, October 6 is Organ Donor Enrollment Day in New York State and we're asking for your help.

We are rallying community members to make October 6th, 2016 the day to take action and join the New York State Donate Life Registry.

During last year's inaugural Organ Donor Enrollment Day, 3,100 New Yorkers made the decision to register as organ and tissue donors. Let's shatter that record in 2016!

Even more, Organ Donor Enrollment Day generated hope: New Yorkers do care, New Yorkers will take action and New York can do great things!

Young Adult Enrollment Bill (S.5313-A/A.4990-B) Championed by Assemblyman Ortiz and Senator Hannon Signed Into Law

September 23, 2016

With assistance from the statewide donation community, New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) announces the successful passage of legislation (S.5313-A/A.4990-B) that will permit New Yorkers aged 16 or older to enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry. Prior to this legislation, the minimum age required for enrollment was eighteen. Now, sixteen and seventeen year olds will be able check "yes" and join the NYS Donate Life Registry when visiting the DMV to obtain a learner's permit, registering to vote, or any other means allowable by the NYS Department of Health.

The law is removing barriers for young adults to fulfill what they feel is an important community responsibility, signing up as an organ and tissue donor. This is a significant change in policy for New York State and was a crucial step towards reducing the number of people waiting for their lifesaving transplant.

The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 17, 2016, makes New York the forty-ninth state to have either no restriction on the minimum age for an organ and tissue donor or allow for registration at an age younger than 18. The new law goes into effect February 14, 2017.

 

ACTION ALERT! Young Adult Enrollment Legislation Needs Your Help!

June 1, 2016

The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) is launching an important call to action to urge the CO-SPONSORS of the Young Adult legislation (A.4990-B/S.5313-A), which authorizes persons 16 years of age or older to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry, to contact Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and urge him to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. We will be contacting our champions that support the legislation and asking them to advocate to the Speaker on our behalf.

As NYAD is requesting that you call ALL the legislators in the table below that correspond with your region by Fri., June 10. These are NOT constituency based calls, so you will not be necessarily contacting your representative. You will be calling ALL the co-sponsors of the Young Adult legislation in your areas (in NYC there will be a significant number lawmakers that need to be contacted by each volunteer). Below are the instructions for the alert:

  1. Review the table below and identify ALL the co-sponsors in your region (i.e. Capital District, NYC, Lower Hudson Valley, etc.).
  2. Using the provided contact information, call ALL the lawmakers in your region and deliver the following message:

"I wanted to thank the Assemblymember for supporting A.4990B, which would allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to register their intent to donate their organs, eyes, and tissue in the Donate Life Registry. We are seeking your assistance in getting this bill passed before the end of the legislative session. We would greatly appreciate it if the Assemblymember would communicate their support of the bill to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and urge him to allow the bill to be voted on in the Assembly."

Your voice is critically important to our efforts to expand opportunities for New Yorkers to enroll in the Donate Life Registry. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to NYAD's Executive Director, Aisha Tator at 518-326-3237 x 12 or by email at atator@alliancefordonation.org.

Thank you for being an advocate for the donation community!

New Law Gives New Yorkers Another Opportunity to Register as Lifesaving Organ Donors

May 26, 2016

Governor Cuomo signs legislation that provides the option to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry on New York State of Health applications

Albany, NY- The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) is pleased to announce that Governor Cuomo has signed A.9667-A (Gunther) / S.6952-A (Hannon) into law. Beginning in 2017, New Yorkers applying for health insurance through the New York State of Health Benefit Exchange, will have the opportunity to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry directly on their health plan applications.

Statewide Initiative Seeks Development Director

April 27, 2016

Job description
Position: Development Director
Classification: Fulltime-Salaried
Reports to: Executive Director

About NYAD:
NYAD's mission is to increase organ and tissue donation in New York State through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion and research. NYAD's vision is to ensure every New Yorker waiting for a lifesaving transplant receives one. Our organization is comprised of the four organ procurement organizations, state licensed eye and tissue banks and/or processors, and affiliates including dedicated donation and transplantation professionals.

Facts about Organ Donation:
New York is facing a public health crisis where the need for life saving and life enhancing organ and tissue donations for transplant surgeries far exceeds the supply. Today, more than 10,000 men, women and children in New York are listed on the national transplant waiting list overseen by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). New York residents make up approximately 10 percent of the patients on the waiting list. The average waiting time for someone to receive a kidney transplant in New York is approximately 5 years; the average waiting time for a life-saving liver transplant is more than two years. Every 16 hours, one New Yorker dies because of the lack of organs available for transplant; more than 500 died last year because an organ did not become available in time to save their life. An individual who makes the decision to give an anatomical gift has the power to save up to 8 lives. Thousands more can benefit from receiving a cornea or tissue transplant.

Job Summary:
The State Director of Development is a new position for NYAD. The professional serving in this position will be responsible for working with the Executive Director to grow income streams and ensure NYAD's financial well-being in order to support the organization's lifesaving mission of increasing organ, eye and tissue donations. As a newly created functional area, the State Director of Development will establish a development program, create processes and procedures, and draft a comprehensive annual plan (with agreed upon financial goals) for increasing and diversifying financial resources to support NYAD's programs and services.

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.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address Commits to Increasing Organ Donation

January 9, 2014

In his State of the State message delivered in Albany yesterday afternoon, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included promotion of organ donation as one of the top healthcare priorities for the coming year.

The overall theme of the governor’s 2014 State of the State is “Building on Success.” Under the specific topic “Building Community: Health,” Mr. Cuomo referenced the creation of a public-private partnership with the organ donation community to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry.

“New York has one of the lowest organ/tissue consent rates in the nation,” Mr. Cuomo said. In addition, he pointed out the New York donor registry “lags the country with an enrollment rate of 22 percent, compared to 45 percent reported by other states.”

“The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD), a statewide organization which works to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion, and research, applauds Governor Cuomo’s proclamation in yesterday’s State of the State that increasing organ donation is a top health care priority for the coming year," said Aisha Tator, Executive Director of the non-profit organization.

Senator Carlucci, Lauren Shields Join in New Push to Allow Not-for-Profits to Administer Donate Life Registry in New York

June 5, 2013

On Heels of ‘Lauren’s Law’, Latest Effort will Promote Even Greater Enrollment, Streamline Registration Process

ALBANY, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today welcomed back organ donor champion Lauren Shields and advocacy groups to Albany in their latest effort to pass a sweeping overhaul of how the organ donation process is administered in New York State. In arguing for greater control over the Donate Life Registry for organ, eye, and tissue donation, advocates insist that legislators should support current legislation that would turn over its operation and promotion of the Donate Life Registry to a not-for-profit statewide organization that has experience working in organ donation. In doing so, this would continue a nationwide trend of other states that already have made the appropriate transition in contracting out these services.

2013 Legislative Education Day

April 16, 2013

On April 16, 2013, over 60 people participated in the annual Legislative Education Day to highlight organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State. The event was sponsored by the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD), whose mission is to increase organ, eye and tissue donation throughout New York State. The group included representatives of the State's procurement organizations, other non-profit groups interested in donation and transplantation issues, volunteers, transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families. 

Governor Cuomo Announces DMV Public Service Campaign Featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz to Increase Organ Donation

April 3, 2013

Popular TV Personality and Surgeon from “The Dr. Oz Show” Appears in Radio, TV PSAs throughout April

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched a public service campaign featuring well-known, two time Emmy Award-winning heart surgeon and popular television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, as part of efforts to increase the number of people enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry. The PSAs are part of the DMV’s “Go the Extra Mile, Become an Organ Donor” campaign and will run statewide on both television and radio during National Donate Life month in April. The PSAs were entirely funded by donations and produced by Dr. Oz who donated his time and the time of his production company. 

The Alliance partners with James Lytle of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP

March 18, 2013

The New York Alliance for Donation is proud to announce an exciting partnership with James Lytle, Partner, Government and Healthcare Practice, of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP.  Mr. Lytle will be assisting the Alliance with its public policy and government affairs endeavors which focus on improving the state of donation in New York.

Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Unite to Increase Breast Reconstruction Awareness, Education and Access

October 17, 2012
To combat research showing 7 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer are not informed of their breast reconstruction options, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons(ASPS) andThe Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) today announced their partnership with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) in support of the first national Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day USA, October 17, 2012. As the nation's leading tissue bank, MTF has aligned with BRA Day USA to help raise awareness among women everywhere about their breast reconstruction options and to demonstrate their dedication to serving breast cancer patients and the surgeons who treat them.

"We are happy to have MTF as a sponsor of BRA Day USA because they understand the physical and emotional aspects of breast reconstruction, and the important role tissue donation can play in this process," said ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth, MD. "With their support, the ASPS and The PSF will be able to reach many more of the women who are unaware of their breast reconstruction options after mastectomy."

New York State ROCKS THE REGISTRY!

September 17, 2012

Did you know that New York is the only state in which you can register as an organ, eye and tissue donor on your voter registration form?  To date, almost 50,000 people have signed up for the Registry this way!  

Now through October 12, 2012 help us to Rock the Registry.  Tell your friends and family to get out there and vote - and when they fill out their voter registration form, tell them to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor!

Campaign 4 Life registered 1087 donors in March

April 18, 2012

Congratulations to all of the teams and team leaders who helped make the March Campaign 4 Life a big success.  The Westchester and Manhatten Transplant Support Organization was the top team in the Campaign, signing 243 donors.  The second place went to Team B.M.W., headed by Carrie Carney of Cooperstown. Carrie signed 236 donors in Cooperstown and neighboring communities.  Aisha O'Mally of Rochester comes in third, with 90 donors.

The Alliance Welcomes New Administrative Coordinator

March 9, 2012

The New York Alliance for Donation would like to welcome April Griffeth to our team!  April accepted the position of Administrative Coordinator, and began her employment with the Alliance on March 1, 2012.  All general inquiries and requests should be directed to April.  She can be reached at 518-326-3237 ext. 13 or via email at agriffeth@alliancefordonation.org.  

Campaign4Life Website Goes Live

February 3, 2012

The campaign4life web site launched on February 3, 2012.  This HRSA funded campaign will support 20 teams this spring, beginning on March 1 and ending on March 31.  The time sensitive, competitive aspect to this campaign is intended to help potential donors decide and then take action.  Our hope is to increase the New York State Donate Life Registry numbers by an increase of 10,000 by 2014.  Check out the site at www.campaign4life.org  If you have not already done so, become an organ, eye and tissue donor and help save lives! 

A DMV-Based Intervention to Increase Organ Donation in NYS

November 16, 2011

In September 2011, the Alliance was awarded a two-year HRSA funded grant entitled "A DMV-Based Intervention to Increase Organ Donation in NYS" to work in DMV offices educating customers and Motor Vehicles Representatives (MVRs) about organ, eye and tissue donation.  This will be accomplished through the use of Point of Decision (POD) materials including posters and enrollment cards with printed information on donation.

Increasing organ donation in New York through challenge campaigns: Campaign4Life

November 15, 2011

In September, the Alliance received a grant entitled "Increasing organ donation in New York through challenge campaigns," funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).   The campaign will be branded with the title, Campaign 4 Life, and the first challenge will begin on March 1 and end on March 31.  This is a two year grant, with campai

Lauren’s Law Passes the New York State Senate

April 13, 2011

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate passed Lauren’s Law (S3885a), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that will prohibit a driver’s license application from being processed unless the organ donation section is filled out. Applicants would have to check a box stating “yes,” or “not at this time.” There currently is an organ donation section on the application, but it is not required to be filled out.

Senator Carlucci Announces Life Saving “Lauren’s Law”

March 7, 2011

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) announced the introduction of life saving legislation, Lauren’s Law today. Lauren’s Law is named after 10 year old Lauren Shields who received a heart transplant in March of 2009.Lauren’s Law encourages people to become life saving organ donors by adding a section to the New York State drivers license application that will require applicants to chose “yes” or “not at this time”. Applications will not be valid unless this section is filled out.

Heavyweight fighter donates half his liver to save uncle’s life

February 14, 2011

As he waited in a hotel room, the pre-surgery tests behind him and the nine-hour operation ahead of him, Shannon Miller recognized the ache of anxiety and pang of impatience.

It felt like the day before Fight Night, and even after 18 years and 25 professional bouts, that day always brought the same restlessness and eagerness to hurry up and ring the darn bell already.

This was no boxing match, of course, but the metaphor was too obvious for a former heavyweight to ignore — a 36-year-old married father undergoing surgery to remove half his liver, which then would be donated to a cancer-stricken uncle, is still a fight.

New York Has a Smart New Program to Rush Surgical Teams to Collect Organ Donations

December 4, 2010

New York has embarked on an attempt to save lives by innovatingly increasing the number of organs harvested for transplantation in the city.

Frustrated that almost 500 people die here every year while hoping for transplants, the Police and Fire departments, Bellevue Hospital and the New York Organ Donor Network will seek out organs as soon as deaths are reported – wherever they are reported.

Gov. Signs Bill for Online Organ-Donor Registration

July 9, 2010

Enrolling in New York’s organ donor registry will now be much easier under a bill signed into law by Governor David Paterson, his office announced today. The Electronic Signature Act, written by Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Health Committee chair Thomas K. Duane, would allow potential organ donors to register online, instead of downloading a form and mailing it in.