OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining elected officials and leaders teamed up for last Thursday's second annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day to encourage residents to become organ donors.
The initiative encouraged nearly 50 residents (preliminary numbers) to register, according to town Supervisor Dana Levenberg in her blog on the t own's website.
"We are so very proud of being part of this campaign to lift New York state out of last place for percentage of residents on the registry," she said.
The town and village of Ossining joined forces with LiveOnNYgoal to sign up donors at the Municipal Building and impact the national registry. Supporters included Phelps Hospital-Northwell, the Ossining Public Library, the offices of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, state Sen. David Carlucci and County Legislator Catherine Borgia, the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Ossining Police and Fire departments, and the Ossining Lions Club,
“Organ donation is so important to save our lives and the lives of our family. I am particularly troubled by the knowledge that New York state is ranked 50th nationally in the number of eligible people enrolled in the state organ and tissue donation registry (only 27 percent of New Yorkers are registered as donors). We must do all we can to increase this statistic,” Galef said.
Nationally, there are about 120,000 men, women and children waiting for organ transplants, according to the blog.