Organ Donation

Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are on waiting lists as the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines) can save up to eight lives. A tissue donor can improve 75 or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and preventing the loss of mobility and disability. Youth 16 years and older may now become organ donors.

NYS Public Health Law §4301

Effective 2/14/17, this law allows youth ages 16 and 17 to choose to be an organ donor. 

Connect Life

ConnectLife currently offers a variety of educational programs to students across WNY. The primary goals of these programs are to provide students with information about the lifesaving benefits of donation, to motivate students to initiate a family discussion about organ and tissue donation and to answer questions and counter common misconceptions about donation.  

NYS Donate Life Website

Information on enrollment, forms, FAQs, and resources.

General Educational Resources, video and curriculum

Sample Strategies for Incorporating Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation into the High School Health CurriculumThis tool kit is intended to provide correct information about the basics of donation, giving an overview that can assist in making an informed decision and provide accurate information about enrolling in the registry. It can assist educators to teach donation thoroughly and accurately, whether as a stand-alone lesson, a complete unit, or in conjunction with a Donate Life presentation (free and available by request from your local Organ Procurement Organization, or Eye and/or Tissue Bank, year-round).(Donate Life Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation in NYS, 2017)

New York State Registry Information 

Page updated 3/2/20