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NYS laments organ shortage, govt calls for donors

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New York State has urged residents to consider registering as organ, eye, and tissue donors amidst a critical shortage.

With over 8,200 individuals awaiting life-saving transplants in the state and 17 Americans losing their lives daily due to the scarcity of donors, the need for proactive participation is unmistakable.

The statistics reveal a concerning gap: only 46% of New Yorkers aged 18 and above have enrolled in the NYS Donate Life Registry, notably lower than the national average of 63%. Yet, the impact of a single donor cannot be understated; one donor has the potential to save up to eight lives and positively affect up to 75 individuals.

To facilitate this crucial initiative, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is streamlining the registration process. Interested individuals can seamlessly enroll when conducting routine DMV transactions, such as renewing or replacing a driver’s license or non-driver ID, or even during vehicle, boat, or snowmobile registrations.

Additionally, those applying for health insurance or enrolling in IDNYC government-issued ID cards can also opt to join the organ donor registry.

Moreover, upcoming collaborations with several state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Higher Education Service Corporation, and health insurance providers, will further expand opportunities for New Yorkers to pledge as donors.

For those who prefer traditional methods, mail-in enrollment is also an option. The necessary forms can be accessed through the New York State Donate Life Registry.

By encouraging widespread participation and simplifying the registration process, New York State aims to bridge the gap between supply and demand in organ transplantation, offering hope and renewed possibilities to thousands of individuals awaiting life-changing procedures. To learn more and take the first step towards becoming a donor, visit DonateLife.ny.gov/register today.

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