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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

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. 

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