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March 30, 2018

April is 'Donate Life Month' -

Oswego County Clerk Encourages Lifesaving Donations During Donate Life Month

Oswego, NY - The three Oswego County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations are teaming up with Donate Life NYS and DMV offices around the state during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry.

Donate Life Month is a national month-long observance aimed at raising public awareness of the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, as nearly 9,500 New Yorkers currently wait for transplants.

During the entire month of April, the three DMV offices in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski will be encouraging New Yorkers to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and the impact it has on thousands of New Yorkers. Educational materials that urge New Yorkers to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors will be displayed.

"Enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual's wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death," said Michael Backus, Oswego County Clerk and County Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

"DMV offices are on the frontlines of this battle. This is where New Yorkers can make the important decision to be a hero to a person in need and give the gift of life," said Aisha Tator, Executive Director of Donate Life NYS. "Promoting organ donation in the DMV offices during Donate Life Month will make a huge impact on enrollment numbers. The more awareness we build around donation, the more lives we can save and improve."

"I'm proud to again partner with Donate Life NYS and the New York State Association of Counties to encourage customers visiting our DMVs to register as an organ donor," said Backus. "Registration only takes a moment, but in that moment, you could save multiple lives."

New York has the third highest need for donors in the country, yet the second lowest percentage of registered donors. Out of the approximately 9,500 New Yorkers on the waiting list, over 1,700 have been waiting for life-saving and improving transplants for more than five years. Each year, an estimated 400 men, women and children in the state die because of the shortage of donors.

New Yorkers also have the unique opportunity to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through the voter registration form and when applying for health insurance through New York State of Health at https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/.

Additionally, New Yorkers can show their support for organ and tissue donation by purchasing a "Life-Pass It On" custom license plate from the DMV. They can also show support by making a voluntary $1 contribution to organ transplant research, education and donation promotion projects by checking off the box on their driver license or non-driver identification application or renewal form.

Donate Life NYS is a not-for-profit with a mission to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion, and research. Their goal is to ensure a transplant for every New Yorker in need. Donate Life NYS is comprised of the four organ procurement organizations, four eye and tissue banks and/or processors, and affiliates, including dedicated donation and transplantation professionals. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/DonateLifeNYS/.


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