EVENTS: Honoring Those Who Passed Life On, and New York’s Day-Long Donor Registry Drive
Celebrations of Life events were held in the Syracuse and Rochester regions to honor organ, eye and tissue donors.
And New York State’s first-ever organ donor enrollment day received the backing of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Celebrations of Life: Honoring Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors
Events were held on September 13 in Syracuse and on October 4 in Rochester to honor organ, eye and tissue donors in those regions who gave the gift of life, sight and mobility to others.
Over 300 donor families and friends gathered for “Celebration of Life” remembrances that included video tributes, candle lighting ceremonies, memory quilt pinning and personal stories of gratitude from corneal, tissue and organ recipients.
Harpist Christopher Molloy provided a beautiful musical backdrop for both gatherings.
“Celebration of Life” ceremonies are held every 18 months and are organized by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the region’s eye and tissue recovery agencies and the Donor Family Network.
New York State’s First Organ Donor Enrollment Day
Organ Donor Enrollment Day was held on October 6, with the main goal to enroll more residents in the New York State Donate Life Registry.
This was the first, statewide enrollment drive of its kind in New York, and Governor Andrew Cuomo marked the occasion with a special proclamation.
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network promoted the day on social media and with a registry drive and poster deliveries to businesses at College Town – Rochester.