More than 54% of adults in the state are registered organ donors. Becoming an organ donor is truly a gift that keeps on giving, and this new law has great potential to change numerous lives for the better.
For a look at the impact an organ donation can have watch the story above with a heart recipient out of Baldwinsville. The governor's office says the new law includes safeguards for parents or legal guardians to take back the minor's decision if the minor dies before age 18.
Donate Life America is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available for transplant to save and heal lives.
This change could potentially increase enrollments for organ donors in NY by thousands.
Starting Tuesday, 16 and 17-year-olds can enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. It's part of a new law expanding the eligibility age. The school's Donate Life Club will be promoting the new law by hosting a registry and education event for students and faculty during lunch periods.
Here in Colorado, there are 2,500 people waiting to get a life-saving transplant.