Saratoga County Joins Effort To Register More Organ Donors

WAMC | Northeast Public Radio | Lucas Willard

New York state ranks 49th in the nation for organ and tissue donations. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, Saratoga County is taking steps to boost the state’s ranking.

Outside the Saratoga County Department of Motor Vehicles office at the Wilton Mall, officials gathered to discuss a new campaign to get more New Yorkers to sign up to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor.

As part of the campaign, new literature and electronic messages will be displayed to encourage people to donate. County Clerk Craig Hayner said the goal is make sure those coming into the DMV are signing up to be an organ donor.

“Right now every eight years you renew your license and so that would be a time that would be naturally prompted through the process as someone does their transaction. So we have these cards here now, we’ll also be promoting it on our television screens, and we’ll be promoting that year round,” said Hayner.

The New York State Association of Counties is also working with the New York State Alliance for Donation on the “Working Together, Working for Life” campaign. Continue reading
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