Media Alert - Health, DMV Commissioners Will Join "Survivor" Star to Promote Organ Donation, Availability of Online Organ Donor Registration in Spanish

Albany, April 18, 2001 – When "it's time for you to go," will your life have made a difference? Because organ donation makes a life and death difference to thousands of people on waiting lists for transplants, State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H, Dr.P.H., will be joined by State DMV Commissioner Raymond Martinez and Dr. Sean Kenniff, a former contestant on the CBS "Survivor" series, at a news conference on April 19, 11:00 a.m. at Five Penn Plaza, NYC to promote awareness of the crucial need for more organ and tissue donations. A Spanish language version of the State's online Organ and Tissue Donor Registry enrollment form also will be unveiled at the event, which marks the national and New York State observances of Organ Donor Awareness Week.

  • Who:

    NYS Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D.
    NYS DMV Commissioner Raymond P. Martinez
    Former "Survivor" contestant and "Extra!" medical correspondent,
    Dr. Sean Kenniff (both men will register to become organ donors online)

  • What:

    News conference to promote awareness of organ donors as the ultimate "Survivors" since, even after death, they live on through transplant recipients; and also to inaugurate bilingual online enrollment in the State's Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, a collaborative project of DOH and DMV

  • When:

    Thursday, April 19, 11:00 a.m.

  • Where:

    NYSDOH offices, Five Penn Plaza, 3rd Floor
    8th Avenue between West 33rd and West 34th Street, NYC

  • Why:

    More than 75,000 Americans and 7,600 New Yorkers are on waiting lists for transplants. Each week 14 people die waiting for a transplant, half of them minorities. Nearly half of the people on the national waiting list for organs are of minority origin but minorities represent only about 25 percent of the donor pool.

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