April 19, 2016To the Editor, April is National Donate Life Month in the United States. It is at this time that we honor those who have donated much needed organs, and celebrate the many lives saved by their efforts. Personally, I feel a sense of pride when I take out my wallet, and see the heart symbol on my drivers license that shows I am a registered organ donor. Volunteering to be an organ donor is simple, and the enrollment process can be easily completed on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website. In New York State, the organ donation rate stands at half of the national level. Sadly, this severe shortage contributes to the fact that one person dies on the organ donor registry every 15 hours in New York State. This is a distressing statistic, as one single donor can save as many as 50 lives. It is never too early or too late to register as a donor. Those under 18 years of age may register with parental consent, and senior citizens, who may feel they are too old, often possess viable organs which allow others to live a happy and healthy life. I urge you to join me in celebrating National Donate Life Month by registering to donate important organs and tissues to those so desperately in need. To learn more about donating organs and tissues, visit this link: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/register-become-organ-eye-or-tissue-donor. Sincerely,
Assemblywoman, 95th A.D.