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7,781,322 New Yorkers have joined the NYS Donate Life Registry

Facts about Organ and Tissue Donation

Transplantation is a remarkable success story, and the need for organ, eye and tissue donors continues to grow. There are currently 7,917 patients in New York State on the national organ transplant waitlist. Each year, thousands of people die while waiting for a transplant because no suitable donor can be found for them.

You have the power to help solve this public health crisis. If you are age 16 or older, you can register to Donate Life, saving and healing lives at your time of death by becoming an organ and tissue donor. You can leave a legacy that impacts countless lives. All it takes is a few moments of your time, yet means a second chance at life for the 7,917 New Yorkers currently waiting for their life-saving transplant. Enrolling as an organ and tissue donor in the New York State Donate Life Registry is easy – sign up online in just minutes today! Already registered? Thank you!

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One organ donor can save 8 lives

and heal 75 more through eye and tissue donation.

All major religions

support organ and tissue donation, viewing it as an act of love and generosity.

Every 10 minutes

another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

Anyone age 16+ can join the
NYS Donate Life Registry.

No one is too old or too sick to register.

There is no cost to the donor’s family

or estate for organ and tissue donation. Costs related to donation are paid by the recipient, usually through insurance.

The decision to donate does not interfere with medical care.

Donation becomes an option only after death has been determined.


There are 7,917 New Yorkers waiting

for lifesaving organ transplants.

Last year
377 New Yorkers died

because the organs they needed to save their lives were not donated in time.

1,009 New Yorkers

have been waiting more than five years for an organ transplant.