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Health Quest and Dutchess County have joined LiveOnNY to galvanize New Yorkers to give the gift of life on the inaugural Organ Donor Enrollment Day.
Teams from hospitals and businesses, including government officials throughout the greater New York area, will band together on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with one common goal — to enroll as many residents as possible as organ donors.
“More than 90 percent of New Yorkers support organ donation, but just 24 percent are registered. So, we created Organ Donor Enrollment Day to inspire New Yorkers to sign-up to save lives,” said Helen Irving, president and CEO of LiveOnNY. “We will join forces with many in our community to hit the streets, and get supportive New Yorkers to take the important step to sign-up as organ donors. We are thrilled that Health Quest and Dutchess County will take part in this first-ever lifesaving day.”
“It takes just minute to sign up as an organ donor and with that, you can save up to eight lives, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said. “This selfless act leaves a legacy long after we’re gone and can make a life-saving difference for so many others. New York lags behind in donors, and I encourage everyone to sign up and help save a life today.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Hudson Valley residents to register as an organ donor. One simple act can help bring hope to the more than 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for a life-saving transplant,” said Dr. Michael Doyle, vice president of medical affairs for Vassar Brothers Medical Center, a Health Quest affiliate.
“Residents can become an organ donor when they register for their driver’s license,” Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall said. “It’s a simple process that can save lives and benefit several people.”
Vassar Brothers will join Health Quest affiliates Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel to encourage visitors to register as organ donors.
While LiveOnNY has helped to save 20,000 lives through organ donation, and helped to improve half- million more through tissue donation over the past 37 years, there is still a dire need for more New Yorkers to sign up as organ donors.
New York ranks last in the country in percentage of residents registered as organ donors. With only 24 percent of New Yorkers enrolled on the registry, the state is well below the national average of 50 percent. This contributes to a troubling fact: Every 18 hours a New Yorker dies waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes. For more information or learn how to be a part of this effort, please visit EnrollmentDay.org.
For more information, visit healthquest.org, dutchessny.gov or LiveOnNY.org.