organ donation

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UNYTS now has a new name. The local organ, eye, tissue and blood donor network is now known as ConnectLife. CEO Mark Simon says people knew the name UNYTS, but didn't understand all of the services the organization provides. 

New York state is taking steps to make it easier to sign up as an organ donor.

Office of State Senator Chris Jacobs

New York State ranks last in the nation for participation by residents in organ donor registries. So how do you change that when most people sign up at their local auto bureau when getting a driver’s license?

NYS second last in organ donor registrations

Oct 7, 2016

New York continues to trail the nation when it comes to organ donation.

It's a dubious distinction that health advocates are working to change.

One year ago, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and his auto bureau staff set out on a "Donate Life" enrollment campaign with a goal of increasing the local number of registered organ donors by 30 percent. Thursday he announced that campaign was a success.

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In honor of National ‘Donate Life’ month Erie County has launched a year-long campaign to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State.

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A local New York State Trooper who was killed in an accident more than two years ago is being honored for his gift of organ donation.

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ECMC and Unyts are reminding Western New Yorkers that April is 'Donate Life Month.' Nationwide, more than 117,000 people are awaiting transplants.

Starting at this time next year, anyone over the age of 18 who is getting a new driver's license will have to declare whether or not they want to be an organ donor.

Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs says because the question is currently optional, many people skip it.  

"We believe that this will be a significant step to encourage those to really think about organ donation and not just pass over it. Sometimes they pass over it without even knowing [and] if they did know, they would want to sign up," Jacobs said at a news conference Monday morning.