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Wednesday, April 26, 2017



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April is National Donate Life Month

 

“Hughes Encourages Life Saving Donations”

April is National Donate Life Month

 

Elmira Chemung County Clerk Katie Hughes and the County License Bureau is partnering with New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) and the New York State Association of Counties to urge Chemung County residents to learn more about organ, eye, and tissue donation during Donate Life Month and the importance of enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry as a way to document themselves as designated donors.

During the entire month of April, the Chemung County License Bureau will be filled with promotional items that urge New Yorkers to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors.  Enrolling in the Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death. Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for an organ transplant, and every 13 hours someone dies waiting for an organ transplant in our state.

 

“I want to let residents know they can do this easily when they renew their drivers’ license or non-driver ID, or when registering to vote.  No one really knows when we, or a loved one, may need a transplant to survive, or tissue to repair injury or treat disease,” said Ms. Hughes. “The Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death. Currently, only 29% of all adults over the age of 18 in Chemung County are registered donors, compared to the national average of more than 51%,” added Ms. Hughes.

 

 

 

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