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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.

New York Has a Smart New Program to Rush Surgical Teams to Collect Organ Donations

December 4, 2010

New York has embarked on an attempt to save lives by innovatingly increasing the number of organs harvested for transplantation in the city.

Frustrated that almost 500 people die here every year while hoping for transplants, the Police and Fire departments, Bellevue Hospital and the New York Organ Donor Network will seek out organs as soon as deaths are reported – wherever they are reported.

Gov. Signs Bill for Online Organ-Donor Registration

July 9, 2010

Enrolling in New York’s organ donor registry will now be much easier under a bill signed into law by Governor David Paterson, his office announced today. The Electronic Signature Act, written by Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Health Committee chair Thomas K. Duane, would allow potential organ donors to register online, instead of downloading a form and mailing it in.