QUICK QUIZ: 5 Questions That Emphasize the Urgent Need for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation in New York State
It only takes a few minutes to test your knowledge on how New York State compares to the rest of the country in terms of registered organ and tissue donors and how many New Yorkers are awaiting life-saving transplants. You might find some of the answers in this newsletter!
1) How many adults in New York State are registered organ and/or tissue donors?
a. Nearly half
c. Less than one-third
2) Where does New York State rank among all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in terms of reported registered organ and tissue donors? (1st place having the largest percentage of residents registered and 52nd having the least percentage of residents registered as donors.)
3) Of the 123,000 Americans on the waiting lists for organ transplants, how many of those are New Yorkers?
4) Out of the more than 6,000 Americans who died while waiting for transplants in 2013, how many were New York residents?
a. More than 500
5) What was the name of the New York State (NYS) law passed in 2012 that required NYS residents applying for or renewing a driver’s license or non-driver ID card to respond to the organ donor enrollment question by selecting either “yes” or “skip this question? (Before the law took effect, the organ donor enrollment question was optional).
a. “DMV Organ Donor Enrollment Law”
b. “Organ Donor on Driver’s License Law”
c. “Lauren’s Law”
1) c (Less than one-third)
2) a (New York ranks 50 out of 52 in the percentage of its population being registered. Only Vermont and Puerto Rico rank lower. Montana has the highest donor registration sign-up rate.)
3) b (About 10% of Americans waiting for life-saving transplants are New Yorkers.)
4) a (More than 500 New York State men, women and children died because of the shortage of organs.)
5) c (Lauren’s Law was named for 13-year-old Lauren Shields of Stony Point, in Rockland County, NY. She received a heart transplant when she was 9 and advocates on the importance of helping to save lives of those waiting for transplants by encouraging people to sign up to be organ and tissue donors. Lauren’s Law went in to effect in October of 2013.)
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