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April Is NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH: A Flying Kite Symbolizes Hope; It’s a Time for Organ Donor Registry Drives and Other Events

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. Around 122,000 men, women and children are on the organ transplant waiting list in the U.S. In New York State, more than 10,500 people 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.



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 585-272-4930.

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.

VIDEO: Liam Neeson Talks About Organ Donor Wife Natasha Richardson

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. Read the rest of this entry »

26 Percent Organ Donor Increase in FLDRN Service Area in 2013

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.

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Newsletter: FLDRN Update

February 1st, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

Read “FLDRN Update,” our quarterly newsletter of interest for all audiences. 

FLDRN Update Winter 2014 (Online)

FLDRN Update Summer 2013 (PDF)

FLDRN Update – Spring 2013 (PDF)

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New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, in His State of the State Address, Commits to Promoting Organ Donation

January 8th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

In his State of the State message delivered in Albany this afternoon, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included promotion of organ donation as one of the top healthcare priorities for the coming year.

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  • Facts About Organ Donation

    • If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the FIRST PRIORITY for emergency physicians and nurses is to SAVE YOUR LIFE, regardless of whether or not you have registered to be an organ donor.
    • Everyone waiting for a transplant is treated fairly and with respect. Objective medical criteria determine how donated organs are allocated to patients on the transplant waiting list.
    • All major religions approve of organ donation.
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