By Leo Trevino, MPA, MDiv Manager, Organ/Tissue Donation Montefiore Medical Center
October 8th is national Organ/Tissue Donor Enrollment Day. Montefiore Medical Center will again be participating in this annual event with one goal: to register – in a single day - as many New Yorkers as possible to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
The initiative is committed to bringing hope to the nearly 9,500 New Yorkers currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
In the Bronx, there is a great need for organ and tissue donation. People suffering from organ failure, and those who have an organ that has been damaged by disease or injury, come from near and far to Montefiore to receive lifesaving care.
In addition, as of September 2020, there were over 100,000 people in the United State on the organ registry list waiting to receive the gift of life - and on average, nearly 20 people across the United States die every day from causes that are treatable with organ transplant.
By taking simple steps to register, each Bronx resident can join the more than 5.6 million people who have enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Doing so can help potentially save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhancing many more through tissue donation.