Is there a need for organ, eye, and tissue donors?
Yes! In the United States there are nearly 124,000 individuals waiting for transplants and many thousands more in need of tissue and corneal transplants. Sadly, an average of 22 people die each day because an organ was not made available for transplant.
Who can be a donor?
Anyone who wishes to donate should enroll as a donor on the New York State Donate Life Registry. Age limitations may apply with some specific organs and tissues, but donor suitability will be determined at the time of death.
How do I become an organ and tissue donor?
To enroll as a donor on the New York State Donate Life Registry please complete the form below. It is also important to discuss your wishes with your immediate family members.
How do organ/tissue recovery programs learn of potential donors?
According to law, all hospitals in the US are required to notify their designated organ procurement organization of all deaths and imminent deaths. Unyts has a communication center that operates 24/7 to handle referrals from WNY hospitals.
Will medical personnel work as hard to save me if they know I am a donor?
The quality of medical and nursing care will not change, regardless of your decision to be a donor. Donation is considered only after every effort has been made to save the patient's life.
Does my religion support donation?
Yes. All major religions publicly endorse donation as the highest gesture of humanitarianism.