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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.
April 4th, 2013 by Rob Kochik
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network is very excited to inform you that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched a public service campaign featuring well-known, two time Emmy Award-winning heart surgeon and popular television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show.
The PSAs are components of the DMV’s “Go the Extra Mile, Become an Organ Donor” campaign and will run statewide on both television and radio during National Donate Life month in April.
The PSAs were entirely funded by financial contributions and produced by Dr. Oz who donated his time and the time of his production company.
March 29th, 2013 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Rochester, NY – Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN), the nonprofit organ procurement organization that serves New York State’s Finger Lakes, Central and North Country regions, is urging its residents to get the word out about organ donation in April.
More than 800 people in FLDRN’s service area are desperately awaiting organ transplants.