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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