National Donor Day reminds families to save a life

A new law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to register for organ, eye and tissue donation in NY takes effect Tuesday.

But February 14 is also National Donor Day, bringing awareness to what a heart and other organ donations can do to save lives.

This change could potentially increase enrollments for organ donors in NY by thousands. "With this action, we are aking one more step toward a stronger, healthier NY for all".

The New York State Donate Life Registry is a confidential, computerized system that registers an individual's consent to donate his/her organs upon death. It's part of a new law expanding the eligibility age.

The new law permits parents of 16 and 17-year-olds to still revoke the organ donation decision of their children.

Tens of thousands of transplants are performed every year but every day 22 people die waiting for a new organ.

"Currently there are approximately 180,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant". The school's Donate Life Club will be promoting the new law by hosting a registry and education event for students and faculty during lunch periods.

Alberta was the first province to use registry offices to directly ask people if they want to donate, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said. The state will also unveil a new marketing campaign created to raise awareness of the need for donation and highlight the availability of a wide variety of registration opportunities.

  • Joanne Flowers