While most people are thinking of giving roses and candy on Valentine’s Day, why not consider a more priceless gift? Celebrate February and National Donor Day (February 14) by registering to be an organ donor. Registration takes just minutes, and can be completed online.
Did you know?
The largest football stadium in the US could not fit the number of patients on the national transplant waiting list (113,000 men, women and children)
A new person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes
One person has the power to save up to 8 lives through organ donation
National Donor Day focuses on spreading awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation, while also recognizing those who have given the gift of life. Locally, the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network coordinates organ and tissue donations and provides education and support to healthcare providers and families. Ready to think spring? Consider joining the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the Friends of Strong, and the hospital’s Transplant Units in the annual Rochester River Run/Walk 5K. Proceeds directly benefit transplant patients and the Friends of Strong patient fund.
In New York State, as of January 2020, a total of 6,138,987 people were enrolled as organ donors. This represents 39 percent of those eligible to be donors (all people 18 years or older). Monroe County is well above the state average, having 50 percent of its eligible population enrolled as donors.
Visit the RocHealthData Map Room to see the number of people currently registered to be organ donors in New York State by county, as well as the percent enrolled among those eligible.