National Donor Day reminds families to save a life



It's also National Donor Day, a time to honor organ donors for their contributions and spread awareness about donating. Over 30 countries around the world, including 24 European nations, have "presumed consent" or "opt-out" policies, resulting in very high organ donation rates.

I have proposed a bill, SB 750, An Act Concerning Organ Donation, that would change our state's policy on organ donation so that all citizens can become donors upon their death unless they join an official registry to "opt-out". There is no cost to the donor's family to enroll to be an organ donor and it will not affect the donor's medical care or funeral arrangements, the governor's office said.

Joe Thomas on Justin Gilbert
The Steelers hoped Gilbert would add some youth and depth at the cornerback position in addition to punt and kick return duties. At least they did not give up a high draft pick and can now look to the 2017 draft to find a better replacement for Gilbert.

The new law permits parents of 16 and 17-year-olds to still revoke the organ donation decision of their children. It's part of a new law expanding the eligibility age. As 10,000 New Yorkers wait for transplants, the State must do everything in our power to increase the number of registered donors. Procedures and controls built into this process ensure the authenticity, integrity, security and confidentiality. The state will also unveil a new marketing campaign created to raise awareness of the need for donation and highlight the availability of a wide variety of registration opportunities.

New Yorkers can sign up to be organ donors through the Department of Motor Vehicles, through the New York State Health Department or via voter registration form.

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