DeStefano: ‘Donate Life’ Needed Now

Assembly members and other elected officials gathered in the Legislative Office Building in Albany today to honor and celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation for Donate Life Month. Over the past decade, Donate Life New York State has more than doubled the number of organ donors in New York—from 21% in 2013 to 47% today. Unfortunately, New York still trails far behind the national average of 64% with about 400 people passing away every year due to the shortage of donors. Nearly 3,300 New Yorkers were saved in 2023 with successful transplants leaving about 8,000 who are still currently on the waitlist.

“I am proud to be in attendance at this event today to continue raising awareness of organ and tissue donation as well as be able to honor those who have created a lasting impact on so many lives. I want to commend Donate Life New York State for their relentless efforts in educating as well as advocating for this important cause. Donate Life serves as a powerful reminder of the impact donors have on the lives of countless individuals and families, and it is truly an honor to be able to celebrate these selfless heroes along their journeys of helping others,” said DeStefano.