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April is National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM). Throughout the month, New Yorkers across the state will join the rest of the country to celebrate and build awareness about organ, eye, and tissue donation.

New York State has the third greatest need for donors in the country, and enrollments in the New York State Donate Life Registry are low compared to the need for donors. Out of the estimated 9,400 New Yorkers on the waiting list, over 1,700 have been waiting for life-saving transplants for more than five years. Each year, hundreds of New Yorkers die due to the shortage of donors.

Throughout April, Donate Life New York State collaborates with the New York State Association of County Clerks and county clerks throughout the state to educate the public about organ donation and increase rates of enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry. During the month, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) representatives are educated about organ, eye, and tissue donation and provided with informational materials preparing them to respond to customer queries about the subject. County clerk offices are provided with materials for distribution and public display. These materials remind DMV visitors about the importance of organ and tissue donation and provide natural conversation starters between DMV representatives and the public.

Donate Life New York State, a not-for-profit whose mission is to increase organ, eye, and tissue donation in New York State, has made available a toolkit for interested organizations to use in promoting NDLM to their employees and customers.

Contact: Dan Heim, dheim@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8866