Our Meetings

Orange Regional Medical Center
Orange Regional Medical Center

Meetings of the Donate Life Group of Orange County are usually held at 7:00 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY.

 

Check listings below before each meeting for any changes.

Date

September 28, 2017

October 26, 2017

Location

Ground Floor, Conference Room 1

Ground Floor, Conference Room 1

 


Directions to Orange Regional Medical Center

Orange Regional Medical Center             

707 East Main Street, Middletown, NY

 

From the East: 
Take I-84 West. Merge onto NY-17 East via Exit 4E toward New York. 
Take Exit 122 - East Main Street / Crystal Run Road. 
Take left at light onto East Main Street. 
Drive approximately 0.3 miles. 
Hospital entrance will be on your right.

 

From the West: 
Take I-84 East. 
Merge onto NY-17 East via Exit 4E toward New York. 
Take Exit 122 - East Main Street / Crystal Run Road. 
Take left at light onto East Main Street. 
Drive approximately 0.3 miles. 
Hospital entrance will be on your right. 

From the North: 
Take I-87 South / New York State Thruway South. 
Take Exit 17 - Route 17K / I-84 / Newburgh / Stewart Airport. 
Pay toll and follow signs for I-84 West. 
Merge onto I-84 West. 
Merge onto NY-17 East via Exit 4E toward New York. 
Take Exit 122 - East Main Street / Crystal Run Road. 
Take left at light onto East Main Street. 
Drive approximately 0.3 miles. 
Hospital entrance will be on your right. 

From the South: 
Take I-87 North / New York State Thruway North. 
Take Exit 16, NY 17 toward US 6 / Harriman. 
Merge onto NY-17 West. Take Exit 122 - Crystal Run Crossing 
Turn right at first light. 
Turn right at next light onto Crystal Run Road; Crystal Run Road turns into East Main Street. 
Drive approximately 0.6 miles. 
Hospital entrance will be on your right. 

 

Highlights of Past Meetings

September 17, 2015 - Lap4Life Presents Check for 24,000

November 21, 2013 - Lap4Life Presents Check for $33,000

June 20, 2013 - Educating Teenagers About Organ Donation

Jeff and Carole Graham of the Transplant Support Organization (TSO) in Westchester demonstrated how they educate teenagers about organ donation. In 2012, TSO made presentations to over 10,000 high school students in health classes all over Westchester and Putnam counties. Jeff is a liver transplant recipient and co-founder of TSO.  

 

Starting up and maintaining a program like TSO's requires a great deal of commitment, but members of our group hope to train with TSO and eventually bring the same program to Orange County.

 

Our group was also grateful to have the opportunity to meet Brianna Barker's donor family from North Carolina.  They traveled up to New York to meet Brianna for the first time and to participate in Lap4Life on Saturday.  A reporter from the TH-Record interviewed the families after the meeting which resulted in a beautiful story appearing on page 3 in Saturday's newspaper.

TH-Record Article, June 22, 2013
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Orange County Lions Sight and Hearing Group donated $250 to the New York Organ Donor Network.  The money is earmarked for use by the Donate Life Group of Orange County to educate and create awareness about organ donation on a local level.  Shown in the photo are left to right, Cheryl Curtis, co-founder of DLGOC, Cliff Youngs and Janice Monahan, Lions Club and DLGOC volunteers, and Julia Rivera, Director of Communications at NYODN.

September 13, 2012 - Lauren's Law and ORMC Tribute

As a kid, it’s an overwhelming feeling to have a law named after you that will soon be signed by the Governor,” said Lauren Shields. 
 
Lauren is a 12-year-old heart recipient who, over the past two years, has become the face of New York State’s campaign to raise awareness about the need to drastically increase the number of organ and tissue donors.

 

She and NYS Senator David Carlucci, co-sponsor of the bill that was recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, spoke at length about Lauren's Law.

Also at this meeting, we were pleased to recognize Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) for its generous support.  Since March of this year, Donate Life Group has held its monthly meetings at ORMC's campus.

 

Guy Peifer of Donate Life Group of Orange County, plus the New York Organ Donor Network's Jennifer Schwerin, Manager of Volunteer Services and Workplace Partnerships, Stefan Segadlo, Public and Profession Education Coordinator, and Karin Statler, Manager of Hospital and Family Services praised the hospital for its support of organ donation.  

 

Scott Batulis, President and CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center, accepted our thanks as well as an award and large Donate Life flag that will hopefully fly over the campus during Donate Life month.

July 12, 2012 - NYODN Community Group Initiative Meeting

The new Community Group Initiative is a NYODN led structure that brings together its partners (Donate Life Group of Orange County included) to better leverage its resources, improve communication, enhance processes requiring NYODN support, and provide opportunity for groups to relay their planned activities and how we all can support them.

 

At the meeting, NYODN's Jennifer Schwerin, Manager of Volunteer Services & Workplace Partnerships, honored our group with an award for our outstanding contributions to the goals of NYODN.

 

Lap4Life Foundation board members also presented a check for $26,000 to the New York Organ Donor Network.  The funds will be used for organ donation research and education. 

 

May 10, 2012 - Lap4Life Presentation

Maddalena Casabianca-Reade and Paul Fritz from the Lap4Life Foundation joined us to make a presentation about the foundation and its upcoming Lap4Life Race at Chadwick Lake in Newburgh.      


Maddalena started t
he Lap4Life Foundation in 2008 as a way to help her brother, Dr. Angelo Casabianca, who was a local doctor and father of three. Dr. Casabianca, after a nine year battle with a Desmoid Tumor, had radical surgery to remove the tumor and his small intestine, which later led to a transplant of the small intestine. Devastatingly, Dr. Casabianca passed away on November 13, 2009.

The Lap4Life Foundation is a non-profit organization that has so far raised $150,000 for research to battle Desmoid Tumors and for research related to organ donation.

April 12, 2012 - Presentation by the National Kidney Registry

Joe Sinacore, Director of Research and Education at the National Kidney Registry, made an hour-long presentation at our meeting on April 12.

 

This Long Island-based organization received national attention recently with a front page story in the NY Times and in afollow-up piece on World News with Diane Sawyer.

 

The mission of the National Kidney Registry is to save and improve the lives of people facing kidney failure by increasing the quality, speed, and number of living donor transplants in the world. It counts 58 member transplant centers across the country,

including New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and to date, it has facilitated more paired exchange transplants than any other organization in the world.

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