April Marks National Donate Life Month

Our communities have been working through unprecedented challenges with the spread of COVID-19. Healthcare professionals are working to treat those who have been infected and we are all doing our part to keep millions safe and healthy. Amidst the uncertainty, April brings National Donate Life Month – an opportunity to celebrate the lifesaving power of organ, eye and tissue donation.

 

Did you know that nearly 10,000 children and adults in New York are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant? These are our friends, family and neighbors, and they need our help.  

 

On average, 1 New Yorker dies every day because the transplant they needed did not come soon enough.  This Donate Life Month talk to your family about your organ donation wishes and encourage others to do the same. 

 

The Facts About Saving Lives 

·       Organ donation is often possible even with certain health conditions. 

·       There is no age limit to be an organ donor - the oldest donor in New York was 93 years old.  

·       The organ donation process follows strict guidelines to ensure fairness and equity. 

·       Because organ donation saves lives, major religions celebrate it as a final act of kindness.  

·       Registering as an organ donor does not change your medical care.  

 

This month, during National Donate Life Month, we come together as a community to raise awareness about the lifesaving power of organ donation, celebrate those who have given the gift of life, and encourage each other to register as organ donors. One person can save up to eight lives and leave a lasting legacy through those who live on because of their generosity.  

 

In support of those waiting for a transplant, please take a few moments to learn more about organ donation and to consider registering as a donor. Please visit LiveOnNY.org to learn more. 

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