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April is Donate Life Month
April 15, 2014, Brooklyn, NY…Lutheran HealthCare’s Organ Donor Council partners with the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN) to highlight the impact of organ, eye, and tissue donation, educate New Yorkers, and encourage enrollment on the New York State Donate Life Registry.
The impact of organ, eye and tissue donation in New York alone is profound with 21,000 lives saved. Anthony P. Geraci, M.D., chairman of the Organ Donor Council, vice chairman of the Department of Neurology/Rehabilitation, and director of the Neuromuscular Division at Lutheran Medical Center, is a lifelong champion and advocate for organ donation. His father received a kidney transplant in 1974 and was among the nation’s longest surviving kidney recipients at the time of his death in 2011. The kidney donation came from his brother and gave the family their father for 37 more blessed years.
“I can’t express the importance of organ donation and signing up now,” said Dr. Geraci, chairman of the Organ Donor Council. “I can hardly think of a more selfless and kind expression of humanity other than giving a complete stranger the gift of life,” he added.
Despite successes in building awareness, the lack of registered organ donors is contributing to a humbling statistic: every 15 hours a New Yorker dies waiting for an organ and New York is currently ranked 49th in the nation in percent of residents who are registered donors.
Lutheran’s event will take place on Wednesday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Lutheran Medical Center main lobby (150 55th Street, Brooklyn, NY). Community members are encouraged to attend to meet NYODN staffers learn more about the organ donation process, local facts, common misconceptions and much more.
For more facts about organ donation, click here. To sign up as an organ donor, or to learn more about the NYODN please visit: www.donatelifeny.org.