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Donate Life Registry: Be an organ, eye and tissue donor today

New York Organ Donor Network is the federally-designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization in the Greater New York metropolitan area, serving 13 million people.

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The Donor Network is dedicated to the recovery of suitable organs and tissues for people in need of transplants and to assure that families are offered the option of donation with respect and compassion. They are committed to the creation of greater awareness and understanding among health care professionals and the community, to ensure that families are able to make informed decisions about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation.

Why Be an Organ Donor?

The need for organ donors has never been greater. In the United States, there are more than 120,000 people are currently in need of organ transplants. And each year, thousands of people die while waiting for a transplant because no suitable donor can be found for them. But, you can help by joining today.

What Organs Can Be Donated?

Heart - A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body. A heart transplant can be used to help those suffering from heart failure, as well as babies born with heart defects.

Liver - A large organ that secretes bile and is active in the formation of certain blood proteins and in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Liver transplants may be used to treat various conditions which cause liver failure, such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.

Kidneys - A pair of organs that maintain proper water and electrolyte balance, regulate acid-base concentration, and filter the blood of metabolic waste, which is excreted as urine. The kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organ. A kidney transplant may be recommended for those who have been diagnosed with chronic end stage renal disease (severe kidney failure).

Lungs - A pair of two spongy organs that remove carbon dioxide from the blood and provide it with oxygen. Lung transplants are recommended for those with severe lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema.

Pancreas - Long, irregularly shaped gland which lies behind the stomach and aids in the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Pancreatic transplants are indicated for those with insulin-dependent Type I diabetes.

Intestines - The portion of the digestive tract extending from the stomach to the anus, consisting of upper and lower segments. Patients qualify for intestine transplants if they have been diagnosed with life-threatening intestinal diseases such as total parenteral nutrition or short-gut syndrome.

The following tissues can be donated as well:

Cornea - The outer curved transparent tissues covering the iris and pupils on the outside of the eye. Cornea transplants are a common procedure used to restore vision for those with eye diseases and corneal infections.

Skin - A tissue which protects the body from infection and injury. Skin transplants, referred to as skin grafts, are used to treat severe burns, extensive wounding and skin loss due to infection.

Heart Valves - Tissues that prevent the back flow of blood into the heart. Heart valve transplants are used to treat malfunctioning heart valves caused by infections, birth defects and aging.

Tendons - Tissues which attach muscles to bones. Tendon transplants are recommended for patients who have lost muscle function and due to nerve injury or damage to tendons.

Benefits of Organ Donation

Perhaps you are considering becoming an organ donor, but are not completely sure why you should. There are many benefits of organ donation, for all parties involved.

You Can Help Save Lives and Make a Difference

Here in New York. there are over 10,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. By signing up today, you can help save lives! Did you know that just ONE organ donor can save up to EIGHT lives?

For Transplant Recipients

A second chance. For organ donor recipients, a transplant often means a second chance at life.
Improved quality of life. For some, an organ transplant means no longer having to be dependent on costly routine treatments to survive. It allows many recipients to return to a normal lifestyle. For others, an eye or tissue transplant means the ability to see again or the recovery of mobility and freedom from pain.

For Donors and Their Families

The ability to comfort grieving families. It is always difficult to lose a loved one. Many grieving families of organ donors can take comfort in the fact that their loss may help to save or improve the lives of others. The power to save lives. Registering to be an organ donor is a charitable act that costs nothing. It allows a donor to save up to eight lives through organ donation, and to save or improve the lives of up to 50 recipients through tissue and eye donation.

Register to be an organ donor today. Help make a difference by giving the Gift of Life!

How to Be an Organ Donor

There are a variety of ways to be an organ, tissue and eye donor in New York State.
At the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Check off the donor box on your driver’s license application or renewal form, or when applying for or renewing a non-driver identification card.

Online: Fill out the Donor Registry enrollment form on this website. Once you have filled out the form online, print it, sign it, and mail it to the New York State Department of Health.

By Mail: New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry New York Organ Donor Network #132 W. 31st Street, 11th Floor New York, NY 10001. Phone: 646-291-4444 24-Hour Referral Line/Public Information: 800-GIFT-4-NY Fax: 646-291-4600

No matter which method you choose to enroll, you will receive confirmation by mail from the New York State Department of Health that you are a designated donor.

At that time, you can specify which organs and tissues you may wish to exclude as a donor.

If you wish to order free copies of the New York State Donate Life Registry Brochure, send an e-mail to or call 646-291-4456.

To find out about your New York State Donate Life Registry status, to make changes to your enrollment information or to remove your name from the registry, you can do so in any of the following ways:

Write to: The New York State Donate Life Registry, New York State Department of Health, 875 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206.

Call the Department of Health 866-693-6667 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

E-mail the Department of Health:

Upcoming Sunday Events

Gift of Life Family Transport Vehicle Fundraiser
Cocktail Reception, Live Entertainment, A good time for a great cause
Silent Auction - 50/50 - Raffle Baskets
Proceeds will benefit the Gift of Life Family transport Vehicle, a non profit organization, making transportation available for the grieving families of organ donors. In memory of 16 year old, Amanda Sue Forsyth who gave the gift of life to 7 recipients.


Address & Time:
The Staaten
697 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Contact: Diane Forsyth at (917) 992-7844
Entry Fee: $75.00

North Shore Bike Tour 2014
The Fifth annual North Shore Bike Tour is here! Last year was an incredible success with over 700 riders participating! Come join us and raise awareness for Organ donation & transplantation on a beautiful ride down the scenic north fork of Long Island out to Orient point! Cyclists of all levels of experience are encouraged to ride with us and help our efforts to raise awareness for organ donation!


Osprey's Dominion
44075 Main Rd, Peconic , NY 11958
Registration closing date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

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