ALBANY, NY, January 10, 2005 – Anyone who registers their intent to donate their organs through New York State’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry through the Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) through the end of April (National Donate Life Month) will receive a free green “Donate Life” bracelet. Similar to the popular yellow Lance Armstrong “LiveStrong” bracelets in support of cancer awareness, the “Donate Life” bracelets promote awareness of organ and tissue donation nationwide, and are imprinted with the “Donate Life” logo, the national logo for the Coalition on Donation.
The New York State Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is a confidential database maintained by the New York State Department of Health. By enrolling in the registry, an individual can indicate their intent to be an organ and tissue donor. At the time of death, this information assists legal next-of-kin in making the decision whether or not to donate their loved one’s organs. The bracelets are merely a symbol of support and should not be used to identify oneself as a potential donor.
To receive a bracelet, an enrollee must reside in CDT’s New York service area
and must enroll online at CDT’s website: , or by sending a completed registry card to CDT. Registry cards can be requested by calling CDT at 1-800-256-7811.
CDT coordinates the retrieval of donor organs and tissue from 47 hospitals throughout northeastern and central New York state and western Vermont. There are more than 87,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States.
For more information, please call Lauren Quinn, public relations specialist for CDT at (518) 262-9543.