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On Valentine’s Day, County Executive McCoy Announces Surge in Organ Donors

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:38 AM

Encourages Residents to Love Themselves & Love Their Neighbor

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy has some news this Valentine’s Day that is inspiring. Over 7800 new organ donors have registered as a result of the county’s organ donation campaign. From April of last year until December, 7,836 Albany County residents have joined the organ donation registry. This announcement comes during the American Heart Association’s Heart Month that focuses on heart health awareness.

“On a day devoted to giving your heart to the one you love, we are encouraging residents to not only love themselves by living healthy lives and taking care of their hearts, but also to consider registering as an organ donor which could potentially save the lives of some of those most in need,” said County Executive McCoy. “When we first kicked off our campaign for National Donate Life Month last year, our goal was to add 500 people to the registry because we know 19 people die in the US each day waiting for a transplant. The results of our campaign – fifteen times higher than expected – is nothing short of miraculous.”

“The driving force of this campaign, similar to that of American Heart Month, is simply to raise awareness of an important issue and improve the lives of our residents. Heart disease takes the lives of 610,000 Americans each year and continues to be the #1 killer of women, though it can be prevented through being active and eating well,” he continued. “On this day devoted to thinking about our loved ones, it’s appropriate to think about ourselves and our neighbors.”

The Albany County Department of Health partnered with the Hortense and Louis Rubin Community Health Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Center for Donation and Transplant to carry out an organ donation campaign.

Despite some misinformation that exists, donors do not receive less medical care than those who are not signed up. Age is not an issue as long as the person is at least sixteen years old and the donor’s family is never billed for any costs associated with the donation.

As a registered organ donor, you could save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance up to 50 lives through donation of eyes and tissues. In New York State alone, about 10,000 people are waiting for a transplant.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy