January 9, 2017
Contact: Noel Mick
Make enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry your New Year’s resolution and you may someday leave the beautiful gift of sight to someone who is blind. There is no cost to be a donor and even people who wear glasses can donate. According to The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, a non-profit organization serving the Greater New York City Area, hundreds of men, women, and children can be saved from blindness each year with sight-saving cornea transplants made possible with donor eye tissue. And by signing up in the NYS Donate Life Registry, you might help make a difference for any number of the 10,000 New Yorkers who are waiting for life-saving organ and tissue transplants. To date, there are more than three million individuals registered to become donors in New York’s Registry. Be counted among them in 2017.
There are a number of ways New Yorkers can sign up in the Donate Life Registry, such as when you are getting a new or renewed driver’s license either in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or when completing forms by mail. Or go online to MyDMV at https://dmv.ny.gov and click on the New York State Donate Life Registry to be an eye, organ and tissue donor. It’s easy and only takes a minute to sign up.
All residents of New York City who apply for a free municipal ID card also have the option of enrolling to be an organ, eye and tissue donor by completing the section provided on the application. IDNYC is available to any city resident regardless of immigration status as a method of identification for various government and non-government services.
And lastly, you can visit The Eye-Bank’s website, www.eyedonation.org, and sign up by clicking on the “Become a Donor” button to download a form. Or, call The Eye-Bank at (212) 742-9000 and ask to be sent an enrollment form in the mail. However you enroll, your specific wishes about eye, organ, and tissue donation will be entered and the New York State Department of Health will send you a letter confirming you are in the State’s Donate Life Registry.
“I signed up!”
Once you sign up to become a donor, encourage your family and friends to do the same. And go to www.eyedonation.org and “like” The Eye-Bank on Facebook. Registered donors can share their story with friends and urge others to sign up to give the gift of sight and life.
For more information about eye donation and the good that it can do, call The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration (212) 742-9000 or go to www.eyedonation.org.
Begin the New Year by helping others. Sign up today.