For Immediate Release Contact: Sandy Galef
GALEF ANNOUNCES NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH
Assemblywoman Galef encourages New Yorkers to become organ donors
(April 18, 2013) Assemblywoman Galef wants New Yorkers to know that April is National Donate Life Month. Breakthroughs in modern medicine allow for one organ donor to have the possibility of saving up to eight lives as well as improving the lives of up to 50 people. However, there are still about 10,000 New Yorkers waiting to receive some kind of organ donation. This month there will be a statewide collective effort to make more people join the New York State Donate Life Registry.
Last year Assemblywoman Galef helped to pass Lauren’s Law which requires an individual to check either “yes” or “skip this question” while applying for a New York State driver’s license to opt in to become an organ donor. This new law makes organ donation more accessible now than it ever was in the past, and takes effect later this year.
“I am disappointed that only 20 percent of New Yorkers are registered organ donors while the national average is about 42 percent. It is frustrating that so many people are depending on a life saving organ donation and yet have nothing waiting for them. This is why I urge all New Yorkers who are able to donate, to join the New York State Donate Life Registry and encourage their family and friends to join as well,” said Assemblywoman Galef.
As part of the National Donate Life Month initiative in New York, the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and New York State Broadcasters Association have teamed up with well-known talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz to raise awareness about the need to increase the number of enrollees on New York’s Donate Life Registry.
Those interested can sign up online through MyDMV at www.dmv.ny.gov, in person at any DMV office, or by filling out a donor form and mailing it to the New York State Department of Health.