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Organ and tissue donation is truly a gift of life – it can be your gift of life. Every month, more than 2,000 new names are added to the national waiting list for organ transplants and, on average, 17 people die every day while waiting for a transplant of a vital organ such as a kidney, liver or heart.
In addition to solid organ donation, every year over 900,000 lives are helped through tissue and eye donation. Donated heart valves can replace damaged ones, allowing the heart to function well again. Special grafts help patients with spinal deformities live normal lives. Musculoskeletal tissue replaces bone, tendons and ligaments lost to cancer, severe trauma, degenerative joint disease, arthritis and other conditions. Skin can save the lives of burn victims.
A single donor can help up to 50 people—often many more—improve their lives. To find out how to be an organ, tissue and eye donor in your state, visit www.donatelife.net. (reprinted with permission from Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation)
Support KUFA’s efforts to increase awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation by joining us for our “Walk the Walk Central Park” on October 31, 2010.
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On Becoming an Organ Donor
How do I become an organ donor?
Laws regarding donation vary from state to state. Please make sure that you know your state’s requirements so that your wishes to become a donor are carried out.
http://www.unos.org/Resources/factsheets.asp?fs=6 and http://www.donatelife.net/CommitToDonation/
On July 23, 2008, New York State instituted the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry of consent. If you enrolled in the previous donor registry prior to the above date, you were enrolled in the registry of intent, which means that the consent of your next of kin would be required in order to confirm you donation and your enrollment is not automatically included in the new Donate Life consent registry. In order to ensure that your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor is legally honored, you must enroll in the Donate Life Registry, which is a registry of legal consent at https://apps.nyhealth.gov/professionals/patients/donation/organ/DonorRegistration.action. At the time of your death, your family can derive a great deal of comfort knowing that you’re a designated donor. But it’s entirely up to you as to whether you tell your next of kin: either way, your enrollment in the donor registry is legally binding.
As a resident of New York, there are two ways to become an organ and tissue donor:
- Sign up in the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry through the Department of Motor Vehicles when you apply for or renew your license or non-driver ID.
Enroll Today: While you can certainly enroll through the DMV, the recommended and most effective way to document your decision to be an organ, tissue and eye donor is to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. The New York State Donate Life Registry is a secure and confidential database maintained by New York State’s Department of Health. The registry is only accessed at or near the time of death by federally regulated organ procurement organizations such as the New York Organ Donor Network, and tissue and eye banks licensed by New York State. When you choose to be a designated donor by enrolling in the Donate Life Registry, you become legally empowered to save the lives of others. Sign up today. The lives of so many people depend upon you.
As a resident of New Jersey, there are two ways to become an organ and tissue donor:
- In New Jersey, you can give the gift of hope by registering online. The online donor registry enables all New Jersey residents, with a state-issued license or ID, age 18 or older, to register their decision to be an organ and tissue donor online. This decision qualifies as a legal documentation of gift that cannot be revoked by anyone but you. The registry is connected with your Motor Vehicle record. If you did not indicate your decision to be a donor during your last license/ID registration or renewal, you may register online now at www.donatelifenj.org (click on ‘become a donor’ in the center of the page).
- You may also visit an MVC agency to update your organ donor status on your license or non-driver identification card. The words “Organ Donor” will appear on the front of your license. Make it a license to save lives.
Remember, it is important that your family is informed of your intent to be an organ donor so they will honor and support your wishes Print and Fill out this Family Notification Card
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