Organ Donor Enrollment Day: A Day to Inspire New York to Sign Up to Save Lives

Did you know that nearly 10,000 children and adults in New York are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant? These are our friends, family, and neighbors and they need our help. Every day, a New Yorker dies because the transplant they needed did not come in time to save their life.

Currently, New York has a shortage of donated organs which means those who need transplants have longer wait times to get the help they need. We can restore hope to those who wait by saying yes to organ donation.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Organ donation is often possible even with certain health conditions.
  • There is no age limit to be an organ donor – the oldest donor in New York was 93 years old.
  • The organ donation process follows strict guidelines to ensure fairness and equity.
  • Because organ donation saves lives, most religions celebrate it as a final act of kindness.
  • Registering as an organ donor does not change your medical care. Doctors and medical staff are legally obligated to save your life.

October 7, 2021 marks the seventh annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day, a day focused on creating awareness on the importance of organ donation so that more New Yorkers will be encouraged to take action and sign up as organ donors.

42% of NYS residents are registered organ donors
1,997 transplants were performed from deceased donors in 2020 across New York State


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In 2014, the Most Worshipful Grand Master William J. Thomas created the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program Committee. The Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program is a combination of what used to be the Masonic Blood Program and the Masonic Organ Donor Program Committee. It is a sub-committee of the Masonic Community Services Committee.


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