News & Views
March 9th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE – QUICK FACTS:
- 26 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
- High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.
(Source: National Kidney Foundation)
SO MANY PEOPLE NEED KIDNEYS – SO FEW DONORS:
- 120,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in the U.S. Of these, 99,500 need kidneys.
- More than 10,500 people are waiting for kidneys in New York State.
- Here, in the FLDRN service area, approximately 560 people are waiting for kidneys. Because of the shortage of donors, only 70 kidneys were transplanted in our region in 2013.
SAVE LIVES! 3 THINGS YOU CAN DO ON THURSDAY – WORLD KIDNEY DAY:
- Wear Orange: We’re going to dress in orange to show our support for World Kidney Day. Won’t you please join us? Dress in orange on Thursday and encourage relatives, friends and work colleagues to do the same.
- Snap Photos: Take photos of you and others wearing orange and email them to Amy James (Amy_Jamesurmcrochesteredu) , FLDRN’s community education manager. We’ll post some of your photos on our Facebook page, website and newsletter.
- Register to Save Lives: World Kidney Day is the perfect day to enroll online with the New York State Donate Registry. Tell everyone you know to do the same. When you enroll, you can really save lives!
Thank you, in advance, for getting the word out about World Kidney Day on Thursday. We look forward to receiving your Wear Orange photos!
February 24th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
For 2014 National Donate Life Month in April, Donate Life America and the organ donation community has chosen to be inspired by springtime and the symbol of a flying kite.
Spring is a season of new life that calls to mind the many men, women and children whose lives have been saved or healed by organ, eye and tissue donation.
Likewise, the kite is an image that appeals to all ages, genders and nationalities and is often associated with hope and celebration.
What does the kite mean to you? To many, it may illustrate their wish for a much-needed organ. More than 120,000 people are on the organ transplant waiting list in the U.S. In New York State, more than 10,000 are waiting anxiously for a transplant.
And here, in the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery area of upstate New York, approximately 700 people are waiting for the call that says: “We have a donor, someone has given the gift of life. We can save your life.”
To others, a kite may represent a connection to a donor friend or family member.
And to some, a flying kite may symbolize the freedom and new life that a transplant has provided them.
Whatever your story, we hope that the kite illustrates both the celebration of life and the hope that donation offers.
FINGER LAKES DONOR RECOVERY NETWORK INVITES YOU TO SAVE LIVES: PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH 2014!
To help save lives, we need to have every New Yorker 18 or older enroll with the New York State Donate Life Registry.
If you would like to promote organ, eye and tissue donation, and hold a donor registry drive at your workplace, community organization, college, school, house of worship, or anywhere else, please contact Amy James, Community Education Manager, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. Email Amy James or call her at 585-272-4930585-272-4930.
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
February 23rd, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
During CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes” actor Liam Neeson — for the first time in five years — said he still can’t believe his wife Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident at the age of 45.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, which aired tonight, Neeson said: “[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn’t.”
Neeson told “60 Minutes” a major source of comfort is that Richardson became an organ donor.
CBS TV “60 Minutes” Trailer Featuring Liam Neeson
February 17th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
There were 48 deceased organ donors in 2013 in the region of upstate New York served by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) service area, 10 more donors when compared with the previous year. This represented an increase of 26 percent.
FLDRN covers hospitals in New York’s Finger Lakes, Central and North Country Regions.