Today, about 10,000 New Yorkers are in need of an organ transplant. But only 25 percent of the state’s eligible population have registered to donate their organs, eyes, or tissue.
In response to this need, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 171 — Organ Donation Policy — to help reduce the severe shortage of organs available for transplant in the U.S. and in New York. The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health and other state agencies, are raising awareness of the critical need to increase organ donation enrollment.
Donate Life America and its partnering organizations established the National Donate Life Month (NDLM). And each April, local, regional and national activities are featured to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
By enrolling to become an organ donor, you can help save many lives, even the life of a family member, a friend or a neighbor. Take a moment to consider taking part in this collective effort.