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Celebrating Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

October 12, 2017

We're recognizing the importance of minority donors during Donate Life ECHO!

Minorities make up 65% of the organ donation wait list in NY.

 You can help change this.

      Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor at



In New York, multicultural communities are disproportionately in need of lifesaving organ transplants – especially kidneys. Currently, 65 percent of the New York State transplant waiting list is comprised of multicultural patients, while multicultural donors represent only 39 percent of the donors for organ, eye and tissue transplants in New York State.

Donate Life ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives through donation and transplantation. This national celebration, July 8-21, 2018, engages social media and community storytelling to talk about donation education, highlights the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor, honors donors and donor families, and celebrates what transplant has made possible in multicultural communities. Much of this is accomplished by encouraging registered donors to ask members of their personal networks and extended communities to talk about donation and register as donors.

Multicultural communities play a critical role in America's transplant system. They save and heal lives as donors; need lifesaving kidney transplants in disproportionately high numbers; and serve patients and families as healthcare professionals.

We invite you to be an ECHO champion. Help Donate Life NYS raise awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation and of opportunities to join the Donor Registry by doing the following:

1. Talk About It: Make donation the topic of conversation at a dinner party, work event or community BBQ.

2. Link It: Add a link on your website or blog with the call to action "Save a Life and Enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry Today at"

3. Shout It: Follow Donate Life NYS on social media and share organ and tissue donation content with your own followers. There will be specific messages generated for Donate Life ECHO. (,,

4. Share It: Display the link to the New York State Donate Life Registry ( on your social media accounts. Consider asking others to post the link, too. We have also attached Donate Life ECHO graphics for use on Facebook and Twitter.

5. Send It: Send an email to colleagues, friends, family, and others encouraging them to "Enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry at ."

6. Sponsor It: Make a financial contribution, organize a fundraising event, or issue a challenge. Your dollars will help us engage others in solving the organ scarcity crisis.

If you are interested in partnering with Donate Life NYS to make your ECHO heard, or if you would like to learn more about this issue, please contact Marcy Stryker at (518) 326-3237 or


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


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

Recent News

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.

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.