Meetings of the Donate Life Group of Orange County are held at 7:00 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, conference room #1 on the ground floor (see map and directions).
Anyone with an interest in organ donation and transplantation is welcome to attend.
In the just-approved state budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature signaled a stronger commitment to improving organ donor enrollment and organ donation as a whole in New York.
The impact of organ, eye and tissue donation in New York alone is profound with 21,000 lives saved and more than 6,000 improved over the last 35 years. However, despite the success, the lack of registered organ donors is contributing to a humbling statistic: every 15 hours a New Yorker dies waiting for an organ. Only 22% of eligible New Yorkers (age 18 and older) are enrolled on the New York State Donate Life Registry (compared to the national state average of 47%).
"The need for organ donors has never been greater, especially here in New York where more than 10,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ," said Helen Irving, President and CEO of the New York Organ Network. "Becoming an organ donor isn't the first thing people want to think about, but it is an act of true selflessness. That act of selflessness could someday save the lives of eight others. And, as many families of organ donors have expressed, a loved one donating organs can provide a sense peace, comfort, and even pride."
Organ donation remains one of the top healthcare priorities on a local and national level. One of the highlights of the approved New York State budget is funding to launch a public-private partnership with the goal of increasing enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry, and, ultimately, saving more lives through organ donation.
Nationwide, more than 120,000 Americans are now on the transplant list, and each day, 18 of them die waiting.
To sign up as an organ donor, or to learn more about NYODN April Donate Life Month activities, please visit: www.donatelifeny.org.