The Rockland Organ Donation Alliance strives to educate Rockland residents about organ donation and increase enrollment in the Organ Donor Registry.
Created and overseen by Rockland County Executive Ed Day, County Clerk Paul Piperato and Sheriff Louis Falco, the organization is comprised of Rockland residents, community leaders and medical professionals, as well as organ recipients, donors and their families.
More than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants, and many will die because there simply are not enough organs to go around. Of those waiting, nearly 10,000 live right here, in the New York metropolitan area. On average, 18 people die every day while waiting for organ transplants in the U.S. and every 10 minutes, another name is added to the waiting list. In New York State, someone dies every 18 hours waiting for an organ transplant. Yet, only 31% of New Yorkers and 25% of eligible Rocklanders have enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry! Comparatively, the nationwide average is 56%. Rockland's enrollment percentages are significantly lower than both the State of New York and the entire country.
The solution to this ever-growing problem is simple...if more people registered, many lives would be saved! In fact, one donor can save up to 8 lives and improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes. DONATE LIFE Rockland! is committed to making a difference and needs your help. Please click on "Contact" and let us know you want to get involved. Organization meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month and new participants are always welcome! No medical training or any other experience is required and you need not be related to an organ recipient or donor. All you must have is the desire to help bring about change that can be easily accomplished through education and inspiration!