STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The pressing need for donor organs has prompted the Pleasant Plains, Prince's Bay, Richmond Valley Civic Association to host an educational presentation by the Transplant Support Organization of Staten Island.
All Staten Islanders are invited to attend the meeting, led by Civic Association President Janine Materna, on Monday from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in St. Mark's Church, 6144 Amboy Rd. Guest speakers will include Michael Marten and Corey Grusky of the nonprofit TSO.
"I was recently moved by a story I read in the Advance and watched on NY1 about a young man in our community from Prince's Bay named Matthew Rosiello, who is in desperate need of a liver transplant. In Matthew's case, he's in the process of traveling back and forth to Ohio, where his chances of receiving a liver is significantly higher than what it is in New York," said Ms. Materna.
TSO serves Staten Island, the Bronx, Putnam and Dutchess counties, and Southern Connecticut. The organization holds monthly educational and support meetings, and reaches out to local communities to raise awareness about organ donation.
"My hope is that this meeting will be informative for our community and serve as a vehicle in making an informed decision in choosing to be an organ donor that could potentially save a life for our neighbor Matthew Rosiello," said Ms. Materna.
The civic association also asks those who plan to attend the meeting to bring non-perishable food to replenish the St. Edward Food Pantry at Mount Loretto.