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September 20th, 2013 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
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August 23rd, 2013 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
It’s time to catch up with some recent events and programs FLDRN participated in, to promote the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
The articles in this section:
Donate Life Night with the Syracuse Chiefs: Donation’s Blue and Green Colors Light Up NBT Bank Stadium
On June 28, 2013, six donation and transplantation agencies in the Syracuse area, including Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, collaborated with the Syracuse Chiefs to present “Donate Life Night with the Chiefs.”
The other participating agencies were SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Crouse Hospital, Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) and Transplant Awareness Organization.
It was a wonderful night highlighting the success of transplantation and encouraging those in attendance to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry.
The National Anthem and first pitch were each performed by local residents who have been impacted by donation.
Announcements about donation and transplantation were made throughout the game, and, just before the fireworks began, fans waved the blue and green glow sticks they received when entering the park, lighting the stadium in the colors of donation.
They Had a Ball! Kicks4Kidneys Soccer Tournament Supports Transplant Games Athletes
Kicks4Kidneys is an annual co-ed soccer tournament that raises funds so that Team Finger Lakes can attend the Donate Life Transplant Games of America.
The July 2014 Games will be held in Houston, Texas.
In the 6th annual Kicks4 Kidneys tournament, four teams spent July 21 in support of this event at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. They played hard and had fun along the way!
The tournament’s winning team was Dickey’s Tavern, led by their captain, Jeff Brickand.
Special thanks to Tim Parks and Jamie Friello for their dedication to making this event a success.
Fundraising and Fun at Red Wings Home Plate Concession Stand
Eleven Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network staff and volunteers volunteered at the Rochester Red Wings home plate concession stand on August 3, 2013. The group ran the registers and filled food orders with lots of laughter and fun along the way!
The Red Wings allow not-for-profit organizations to staff home plate in an effort to raise money.
Our group, including two recipients on Team Finger Lakes, raised money to send the team to the 2014 Donate Life Transplant Games of America.
May 1st, 2013 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
TV program “Bridge Street” on News Channel 9 asks Dianne Freeman, of Eden, Erie County, about her son, Brian Bettinger, an organ and tissue donor.
Brian, who died in 2009, helped 40 people who needed a variety of transplants. Over a year earlier, Brian moved back to New York and when he applied for his driver license, he signed up to be a donor.
Also featuring in the segment is Rob Kochik, the executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN).
Some of the information shared with viewers by FLDRN are common myths surrounding donation, and ways New Yorkers can enroll as organ, eye and tissue donors.
April 29th, 2013 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
In a fitting conclusion to National Donate Life Month in April, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) blog “Scripts” has posted a video that Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) created to debunk the prevailing myth that if people sign up to be organ donors they won’t receive proper care should they be hospitalized.
The blog post also includes an interview with Rob Kochik, the FLDRN executive director.
Describing the video, Scripts says, “You’ll hear upstate New York health care providers’ thoughts and experiences with organ donation and transplantation, illustrating how that myth is far, far from the truth. What’s more, some families go on to say that being able to donate their loved one’s organs is the one silver lining to come out of a nightmarish personal storm.”
In the interview with Mr. Kochik, he was asked at one point: “Of all the myths that muddy the issue of organ donation, which one would you most like to see cleared up?”
To which he replied: “Hands down, the most frequent reason people tell us they’ve not signed up to be a donor is because they’ve (wrongly) assumed that their age or medical condition would render them ineligible.
“That couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is, that there are absolutely no age restrictions to become an organ donor – and each donor’s medical condition is carefully evaluated at the time of donation. Everyone is encouraged to enroll in the registry, no matter their age or medical history.”
URMC’s Scripts blog is updated weekly, and offers coverage of scientific breakthroughs, second opinions on the latest medical recommendations and research, and insight into popular wellness trends.
April 17th, 2013 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) Executive Director Rob Kochik appeared on Watertown’s WWNY TV/Channel 7 today to talk about National Donate Life Month and the need for more organ donors.
WWNY has a vast audience, serving Northern New York and Southeast Ontario. It was a great opportunity for Mr. Kochik to get the word out about how organ donation saves lives.
Interviewed by Jeff Cole and Beth Hall, Mr. Kochik said FLDRN is responsible for coordinating organ donation in 20 counties and its 38 hospitals. When there is a potential donor at one of these hospitals, FLDRN clinical staff members determine whether the person is medically suitable to give the gift of life.
If a potential donor has not registered to be a donor, then the decision has to be made by that person’s family. One of the key points made during the interview is the importance of enrolling on New York State’s donor register.