Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New York passes bill to allow on-line organ donor registry

Congratulations to the State of New York for implementing this Act that will help to dramatically improve organ and tissue donation. Go to New York Donor Network for more info. This brings to 47 the number of U.S. states that now have on-line donor registration and I've been told that the remaining three are in the process of doing so as well.


Law Will Result in Drastically Increased Donor Registry Enrollments to Save Lives

New York, NY - July 8, 2010: Governor David Paterson today signed into law an electronic signature bill that will dramatically improve the organ donation process in New York. The law will allow New Yorkers to register online to become organ donors. The bill passed the Assembly unanimously on April 27 and the Senate on May 12. The Electronic Signature Act eliminates the need to download enrollment forms and mail them in.

The statement from Elaine Berg, President and CEO of the New York Organ Donor Network follows:

“This is an historic day for every New Yorker that is waiting for a lifesaving organ. For years, the New York Organ Donor Network has led the fight for an electronic signature. This bill is the key to streamlining the organ donation registration process; once implemented, its effect will be immediate, and will result in countless lives being saved.

“On behalf of the entire New York Organ Donor Network family, I applaud Governor Paterson for signing this bill into law, and giving New Yorkers the tools they need to step up and sign the donor registry in record numbers.

“We thank Senator Duane, Assemblymen Gottfried and Brodsky, and all of the bill’s cosponsors for their continuing leadership in making this dream a reality. We extend our gratitude to the entire Assembly and Senate for unanimously passing this landmark legislation.”

“You Have the Power to Save Lives – Register to be an organ and tissue donor & Tell Your Loved Ones of Your Decision”
Register to be a donor in Ontario or Download Donor Cards from Trillium Gift of Life Network. NEW for Ontario: - Learn The Ins & Outs Of Organ And Tissue Donation. Register Today! For other Canadian provinces click here
In the United States, be sure to find out how to register in your state at or Download Donor Cards from OrganDonor.Gov
In Great Britain, register at NHS Organ Donor Register
In Australia, register at Australian Organ Donor Register
Your generosity can save up to eight lives with heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine transplants (see allotransplantation). One tissue donor can help 75 to 100 other people by donating skin, corneas, bone, tendon, ligaments and heart valves

Has your life been saved by an organ transplant? "Pay it forward" and help spread the word about the need for organ donation - In the U.S. another person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 11 minutes and 18 people die each day waiting for an organ or tissue transplant. Organs can save lives, corneas renew vision, and tissue may help to restore someone's ability to walk, run or move freely without pain. Life Begins with You

1 comment:

Martin woolf said...

Merv, thanks for getting the word out about the registry and donation. It's great that as a recipient you are helping others whose lives hang in the balance. When the electronic signature is implemented, New York's donor registry will be much easier to use----in just one step. Thanks again.
Martin Woolf, Communications Manager, New York Organ Donor Network