Choose to Save Lives

105,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the US and more than 8,000 of them are patients right here in New York State. As a proud partner of Donate Life New York State, SUNY is working to help solve this public health crisis by raising awareness of the lifesaving impact made by registering as an organ and tissue donor. All it takes is a few moments of your time

A single donor can save the lives of eight people in need of organ transplants and heal 75 more through eye and tissue donation.

People of all ages, race, and medical history may be able to become an organ, eye and tissue donor.

The facts about organ donation

  • One organ donor can save eight lives and heal 75 others through tissue and corneal donation.
  • Don’t count yourself out - anyone age 16 or older can join the New York State Donate Life Registry. No one is too old or too sick to enroll.
  • All major religions support organ and tissue donation, viewing it as an act of love and generosity.
  • Your decision to register as a donor will not interfere with your medical care. Donation becomes an option only after death has been determined.
  • There is no cost to your family or estate. Transplant recipients, usually through insurance, pay costs related to donation.

The Data Behind Organ Transplants

The following data and statistics were obtained from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, Donate Life America, and Health Data NY on January 20, 2023.

More than 100,000 people are currently in need of organ donations in the USA. Only 63% of people are enrolled to provide it.
In New York State, over 8,000 people are waiting for organ donations, yet only 47% of people are enrolled to provide.

In the United States:

  • There are approximately 105,000 patients on the national organ transplant waitlist.
  • Every nine minutes, another person is added to the national organ transplant waitlist.
  • 17 people in the US die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
  • 63% of adults age 18+ are registered as organ and tissue donors in the US.
  • 21,369 people in the US donated organs in 2022 (14,903 deceased donors and 6,466 living donors).
  • 42,887 patients in the US received lifesaving organ transplants in 2022.

In New York State:

  • New York State has approximately 8,200 patients listed on the national organ transplant waitlist. 1,150 have been waiting more than five years.
  • 12 New York State patients were added to the national organ transplant waitlist on average each day in 2022.
  • 46% of adults age 18+ are registered as organ and tissue donors in New York State.
  • 394 patients in New York State died waiting for an organ transplant in 2022.
  • 1,002 people in New York State donated organs in 2022 (598 deceased donors and 404 living donors).
  • 3,396 patients in New York State received lifesaving organ transplants in 2022.

To get listed on the organ donor registry, most people simply check a box during their voting registration or when obtaining a New York state ID or license. Don't worry if you missed the box. We're here to help!

How do you enroll? Anyone 16 or over and interested in becoming a donor in New York State is welcome to join the New York State Donate Life Registry, even if you are not a NYS resident. When applying, you have the option to select your preferences on what organs and tissues will be used for, including transplantation and research, transplantation only and research only.

Sign up to be an organ donor today

For more information, visit the New York State Donate Life Registry website.