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National Donate Life Month
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

Keep checking our website calendar and Facebook Page for an updated listing of special events and enrollment drives around the region.


St. John Fisher College Lacrosse – Donate Life Games @ St. John Fisher College - Growney Stadium
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm

Come for a day of great college lacrosse – and the very special “Donate Life Games!” It all starts at 12 noon when the men take on their East Avenue rival, Nazareth College. Then, the Lady Cardinals take the field at 3:00 pm for a match-up with Ithaca College. Learn more about organ donation and join the NYS Donate Life Registry at the green Donate Life tent. Meet inspiring people whose lives have been touched by the gift of donation and hear testimonials of support from members of the St. John Fisher College community.

Superhero Night w/ Elmira Jackals @ First Arena
Apr 7 @ 7:05 pm

Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, Lions Eye Bank at Rochester and the Elmira Jackals Hockey organization presents “Superhero Night” – an evening of great hockey and honoring organ and tissue donor heroes who have passed life on.  There will be fun giveaways and enrollment tables where you can join the New York State Donate Life Registry.

Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder

Check back for more details and ticket information.



National Donate Life Blue & Green Day
Apr 21 all-day


Get Ready. Get Set. Go Blue & Green!

Friday, April 21 is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day! Show your spirit and help spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.  Wear blue and green and get your family, friends and co-workers to do the same.

Enter Donate Life America’s Blue & Green Day Contest on Facebook. Here’s the flyer: 2017 Blue&GreenDay_ContestFlyer_Contest_SocialMedia

16th Annual Rochester River Run/Walk 5K @ Genesee Valley Park
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am


UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital & Friends of Strong Presents:

The 16th Annual Rochester River Run/Walk 5K


Run, walk or build a team and collect pledges to help patients who are awaiting or recovering from organ transplant surgery. The morning also includes a moving tribute to organ donors, donor families and transplant recipients.

Sunday, April 23
Genesee Valley Park (Round House)
99 Elmwood Ave.

The River Run takes place along a scenic, park-lined portion of the Genesee River and is certified by USA Track & Field (#NY15140KL).

Event Schedule

7:30 a.m. On-site registration through 9:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. Donor and Recipient Commemoration*
10:00 a.m. Starting time for Runners
10:05 a.m. Starting time for Walkers
11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony / Basket Winners Drawn

Click here to visit the Friends of Strong website

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To register online, go to:

Online registration is now open through April 20th at noon. Paper registration is available on race day.

You can sign up as an individual or become a fundraiser—creating a team and collecting pledges to benefit transplant patient care initiatives at Strong.
Prizes will be awarded to the two top pledge collectors.

* If you are a donor family and would like to participate in the Donor and Recipient Commemoration, please contact Rob Kochik  (rob_kochikaturmcdotrochesterdotedu)    or  (585) 272-4930.

Celebration of Life (Syracuse regional event) @ Holiday Inn
Sep 24 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebration of Life honors donors and their families for the selfless act of passing life on through the gift of organ and tissue donation.  The event provides families an opportunity to honor the memory of their loved one while meeting other donor families. A candle lighting ceremony, quilt displays, and video tribute help share the memories of loved ones who gave the gift of life.

Invitations will be mailed in the spring.


  • Pass Life On!

    Join the New York State organ donor registry.


  • Facts About Organ Donation

    • If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the FIRST PRIORITY for emergency physicians and nurses is to SAVE YOUR LIFE, regardless of whether or not you have registered to be an organ donor.
    • Everyone waiting for a transplant is treated fairly and with respect. Objective medical criteria determine how donated organs are allocated to patients on the transplant waiting list.
    • All major religions approve of organ donation.
    • Check out "10 Facts About Organ Donation"

  • © Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, Corporate Woods of Brighton, Building 30, Suite 220, Rochester, NY 14623 (800) 810-5494