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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.

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.

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