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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