Giving Tuesday has traditionally been a day dedicated to giving back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local soup kitchen or donating money to a charity that holds personal meaning, the act of giving helps strengthen bonds between individuals and communities. On this year’s Giving Tuesday, there is something simple we can all do that only takes a minute…but the impact will last a lifetime: Register to become an organ donor with ORGANIZE.
NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s largest transplant centers, and we recognize the critical importance of organ donation. For many years now, our physicians and scientists have been leading the way, advancing standards of care and survival rates for organ recipients through innovative preservation techniques, improved immunosuppressant medications, and other clinical innovations. We care for many patients in need of organ donation-patients like Prasha Tuladhar. Prasha was diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune condition that can cause the body to attack its own internal organs. She is currently waiting for a lung transplant. Listen to Prasha’s story. Patients like Tim Sweeney are fortunate to have received the gift of life. Tim was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder in which the body produces a thick mucous that clogs the lungs. When he was 31 years old, he was informed that without a double lung transplant he would die within 18 months. Organ donation enabled Tim to receive a lifesaving transplant, and miraculously, Tim recovered in time to run the New York City Marathon one year later. Watch Tim’s story. Jessica Chipkin is also grateful for her donor. She suffered from Wilson’s disease-a rare genetic disorder of the liver. She went into acute liver failure, and without a transplant she wouldn’t survive. For nine days, Jessica waited in the ICU for a new liver. Just before her 22nd birthday, she received her gift of life. Jessica now volunteers to educate others about organ donation. Watch Jessica’s story.
Right now there are more than 123,000 men, women and children across the country waiting for a life-saving organ transplant-10,000 of which are right here in New York. While 95% of Americans support organ donation, only 40% are registered as organ donors. (Donate Life America). So during this season of expressing gratitude, on Giving Tuesday, NewYork-Presbyterian is proud to collaborate with ORGANIZE to help increase the number of organ donation registrations in New York and around the country. Each registered organ donor has the power to help as many as eight people waiting for a transplant. We are asking our staff to please participate in a call to action: Register as an organ donor so that together, we can all give back and help save lives.
Laura L. Forese, M.D., M.P.H. is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer atNewYork-Presbyterian.