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SBUH Aims to Register New Yorkers During Virtual Organ Donor Enrollment Day

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STONY BROOK, NY, October 8, 2020 – Making a difference could be as simple as signing your name. Thousands will be doing just that this Organ Donor Enrollment Day on October 8. Stony Brook University Hospital is partnering with LiveOnNY to save lives by raising awareness about the importance of organ donation and working to sign up new organ donors. There is a large need for organs in the Empire State. Right now more than 10,000 New Yorkers are on the donor waiting list hoping to receive a lifesaving organ transplant.

The goal of the one-day event is to enroll as many individuals as possible in the New York State donor registry. The group that has the most enrollments, in their category, will be acknowledged by LiveOnNY with a plaque/certificate. Stony Brook has participated every year for the past five years, and has been acknowledged each year for the most enrollments in the category of “Hospital with a Transplant Center.”

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, this year’s Organ Donor Enrollment Day will be a virtual event. Activities will include a friendly competition between nursing units and other departments within Stony Brook University Hospital with the goal of obtaining the most social media shares and enrollments.

Right now New York State ranks last among all the states for registered organ donors. Those who register this Organ Donor Enrollment Day can save up to eight lives.

  • One tissue donation can improve the lives of up to 50 people.

  • Every 18 hours, a New Yorker dies waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

  • New York ranks 50th out of 50 states in percentage of residents registered as organ donors.

  • Only 40% of New Yorkers are registered organ donors.

  • Organ donation only occurs after everything has been done to save someone’s life.

Click here to save a life by filling out the New York State Donate Life Registry Enrollment Form.

For more information on organ donation, visit https://www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/patientcare/organdonation

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