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UHS Hosts Center for Donation & Transplant to Spread Awareness of Organ Donation

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

April is National Donate Life Month, celebrating organ, eye, and tissue donors, and UHS is hosting the Center for Donation and Transplant to inform hospital visitors about organ donation. 

New York has the lowest registration of eligible donors nationwide, and CDT staff and volunteers are working to get that number up throughout the month of April.

"Every 18 hours a New Yorker dies because they didn't receive their life-saving organ in time," said Laura Fissette, Senior Hospital & Community Services Specialist for the CDT. "Right now, over 9500 people are waiting for the organ they need to save their life."

Some volunteers have personal connections to organ donation and advocate for others to help give the gift of life. Charlotte Heil's husband was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and waited on the liver transplant list for years until he finally received one in 2011, days before doctors thought he might not make it. Now, he's happier and healthier than ever before. 

"We thank the donor every single day," said Heil. "It really is a miracle."

Anyone interested in more information about organ donation or registering to become an organ donor can visit