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Celebrating Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

October 12, 2017

Each year, more than 1,600 New Yorkers receive kidneys, livers, lungs, and hearts that have been donated for transplantation. However, nearly 9,500 New Yorkers are still on the waiting lists for a life-saving organ to become available. Unfortunately, an average of 450 do not receive the call in time and die before a transplant is available.

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 New York State Donate Life 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

Recent News

Donate Life New York State Welcomes New Board Member Michael Heinley

January 15, 2019
Board of Directors unanimously approves nomination
Albany, NY —Donate Life New York State (NYS), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation statewide, welcomes Michael Heinley, Partner, Deputy New York Health Group, of Finn Partners to the Board of Directors.

"We are pleased to have Michael join our Board and look forward to his contributions to Donate Life NYS' mission," said Aisha Tator, Executive Director of Donate Life New York State (NYS). "Michael is a leader in healthcare communications and understands the powerful impact public relations and effective messaging can have on raising awareness of the need to increase organ and tissue donations in New York. His expertise will be invaluable in our efforts to ensure a transplant for every New Yorker in need."

Heinley is a recognized healthcare industry veteran with 25 years of experience working in corporate communication roles for many of the world's most respected and trusted innovator companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Merck and WebMD.



October 27, 2018

Four easy ways to make a contribution.

Contribute on Paypal:
Click "Donate" below to make an online contribution using Paypal's secure page. No Paypal account is necessary.

Contribute on Facebook:
Contribute directly on the Donate Life New York State's Facebook page.
  1. Click Donate under our cover photo.
  2. Click the amount you'd like to give or enter an amount.
  3. Select a payment method.
  4. Click Donate [Amount].
Host a Facebook Fundraiser:
Both individuals and organizations can host a Facebook Fundraiser on behalf of Donate Life New York State. To create a Facebook Fundraiser for Donate Life New York State on Giving Tuesday:
  1. Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed or in the menu of your mobile app.
  2. Click Raise Money.
  3. Select Nonprofit.
  4. If your organization is hosting the fundraiser, select your organizational name in the "Who is organizing the fundraiser?" dropdown menu. (This step can only be completed by admins of your organization's Facebook page).
  5. Search for Donate Life New York State, choose a cover photo and fill in the fundraiser details.
  6. Click Create.
Contribute by check or money order:
Mail your check or money order made payable to Donate Life New York State to:
Donate Life New York State
185 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180

Remember to ask your family, friends, employers, and co-workers to help on #GivingTuesday, so we can meet our goal of $10,000 in honor of the nearly 10,000 New Yorkers in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.

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?

A listing of related events may be found here.