News & Views
July 23rd, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) is urging people of color to organize organ donor registry drives during National Minority Donor Awareness Week, an annual program from August 1 through 7.
National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 18th year, this special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant.
Rob Kochik, FLDRN Executive Director, said, “Of those listed on the national waiting list for organ transplants, 57 percent are minorities. Nearly 123,000 patients are on the waiting list, so that gives you some idea of the crisis facing each and every one of them.”
Mr. Kochik added: “I hope that National Minority Donor Awareness Week is the incentive for individuals, community groups and houses of worship to encourage minorities to enroll on the New York State Donate Life Registry. They can do so in various ways, including online and by visiting a DMV office.”
Minorities: The Need for Organ Donors
As of July 18, 2014, of the 10,510 people waiting for organ transplants in New York State:
- 3,644 are black
- 2,035 are Hispanic
- 950 are Asian
Advantages of Minority Donors
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, although organs are not matched according to race or ethnicity, and people of different races frequently match one another, all individuals waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance of receiving one if there are large numbers of donors from their racial or ethnic background.
This is because compatible blood types and tissue markers—critical qualities for donor/recipient matching—are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity.
- 40% of all those receiving transplants were minorities
- 70% of minority transplant recipients received kidneys
- 33% of all deceased donors were minorities
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN), a division of the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, is a not-for-profit organ donor program that coordinates organ and tissue donations in New York State’s Finger Lakes, Central and North Country regions.
Data on this page: Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) June 13, 2014 (Waiting List Chart) and July 18, 2014.
July 18th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Finger Lakes Donor Network congratulates Team Finger Lakes for their team spirit, dedication and athletic accomplishments. And we were honored to have donor family members join us together with a living donor. More post-Games updates to follow….In the meantime, enjoy the slideshow! (Hit the pause button to take a longer look at each slide.)
July 13th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
The 2014 Donate Life Transplant Games of America officially began last night with the opening ceremonies at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Team Finger Lakes contingent was among the teams from across the nation that participated by marching into the stadium.
Team Finger Lakes, from the region served by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, consists of 17 team members - 13 recipient athletes, a living donor athlete and three donor families – plus three donation professionals.
According to KTRK-TV Houston, the ABC affiliate, “(thousands of ) athletes marched in with props, T-shirts and signs honoring living donors, organ and tissue recipients and the families of those who left a gift of life behind. Teams are representing every state in our country as well as some international athletes who made the trip. It’s the 22nd year for the games which rotates host cities.”
TEAM FINGER LAKES ENTERS THE STADIUM
Team Finger Lakes at Transplant Games: Their 17 GIFT OF LIFE STORIES Show the Power of Organ Donation and Transplantation
July 11th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Team Finger Lakes is in Houston, Texas, to participate in the 2014 Donate Life Transplant Games of America. The Games begins this evening with a welcome reception. The official opening ceremony takes place tomorrow night.
Seventeen individuals and families are representing Team Finger Lakes: 13 recipient athletes, a living donor athlete and three donor families.
These organ recipients are demonstrating how successful transplants can be; donor families and a living donor are witnessing how donation saves lives.
July 10th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Media stories about the Donate Life TRANSPLANT GAMES OF AMERICA in Houston, Texas, from July 11-15, 2014. They include interviews with organ transplant recipients, donor family members and staff of Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.