ALBANY – Sen. David Carlucci spoke on the Senate floor on Tuesday in support of a resolution making February 14 “Donor Day” in New York.
Sen. Carlucci called on fellow lawmakers to keep passing legislation to help New York go from the bottom of the list to the top when it comes to registered organ donors. He also reminded lawmakers that “Donor Day” should be an opportunity for transplant receipts to share their remarkable stories.
According to Sen. Carlucci, more than 10,000 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant in our state, and New York ranks near the bottom nationally for registered organ donors.
Sen. Carlucci hopes by making February 14 “Donor Day” it will bring more awareness to the issue.
“To have Donor Day on Valentine’s Day is so fitting. Lauren Shields she received a heart, my good friend Roxanne Watson received a heart,” said Sen. Carlucci.
Sen. Carlucci has been at the forefront of legislation aimed at increasing the number of registered organ donors in New York. Last year his legislation, Lauren’s Law was made permanent by the Governor. Lauren’s law requires people getting their driver’s license at the DMV to either answer yes to becoming an organ donor or skip the question on their application.
“We know when people are met with that decision a majority of them will sign up to be an organ donor,” said Sen. Carlucci.
The law was named after Lauren Shields, a Stony Point teen who received a heart transplant at 8-years-old.