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Organ Donors: Connected For Life

Watch "Connected for Life" on 7online.
May 5, 2014 8:41:54 AM PDT
We New Yorkers, so proud of our "top dog status" in so many areas, are now last when it comes to donating life-saving organs. Every other state in the nation has more organ donors than New York.WABC-TV, in connection with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is inviting viewers to answer the call to be an organ donor. We'll sort through the myths and talk to the experts. "Organ Donors: Connected for Life" is a half-hour special hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor Liz Cho.

We'll learn about living donors and hear how one young man from New Jersey donated a piece of his liver to his brother and how they're both on a crusade to spread the word about the importance of registering to be an organ donor. We'll see how a donated kidney changed the quality of life of a Staten Island man and a Broadway actor.

Deceased donors are heroes to many families in our area, including a young father with a new heart. Outreach and education is crucial and we'll see what's being done to raise awareness. We'll hear from former NFL pro Boomer Esiason about his personal reasons for bringing awareness to this issue. And we'll get answers to the most asked questions when it comes to organ donation.

Experts featured include physicians and surgeons from NY-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center and the New York Organ Donor Network.

Note: Recently, "Connected for Life" from 2013 was awarded the New York Emmy award for a special in the Societal Concerns category.

We hope you can join us for "Organ Donors: Connected for Life" on Saturday, April 26th at 7 p.m.

Resources Featured on our Show:

Where to register as an organ donor:
New York State:
www.donatelifeny.org
646-291-4444

NY Organ Donor Network registry
www.donatelifeny.org
646-291-4444
24 Hour Hospital Referral Line 1-800-GIFT-4-NY
donatelifeny.org/take-action

New Jersey:
www.donatelifenj.org
800-742-7365

New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network
1-800-ShareNJ

Connecticut
www.ctorganandtissuedonation.org
203-387-1549

To find out how to register in your state go to:
www.donatelife.net
804-377-3580

National Registry
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
www.unos.org
804-782-4800

Kidney Registry:
For information about donating a kidney and kidney chains:
www.kidneyregistry.org
Bone Marrow Registry:
www.marrow.org
1-800-MARROW2


Hospital/Doctor information:

New York-Presbyterian Hospital
www.nyp.org
877-NYP-WELL (9355)

Weill Cornell Medical College
med.cornell.edu
212-746-5454

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian
childrensnyp.org
212-305-5437

Columbia University Medical Center
cumc.columbia.edu
212-305-CUMC

Dr. Jean Emond
Vice Chair and Director of Transplantation, NY- Presbyterian/Columbia
asp.cumc.columbia.edu

Dr. Sandip Kapur / Chief of Transplant Surgery
New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
Dr. Sandip Kapur


Dr. Linda Addonizio
Director of Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Heart Failure and Transplantation,
NY-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Dr. Linda Addonizio

Dr. Lloyd Ratner, Surgeon Director of Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation/ Attending Surgeon Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation
NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Lloyd Ratner

Dr. Benjamin Samstein Surgical Director/ Attending Surgeon, Living Donor Liver Transplant Program
NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Benjamin Samstein

Boomer Esiason Foundation
www.esiason.org

Cameron & Jared Wohl
www.thewaveset.com
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Kinky Boots
Al Hirschfeld Theater
www.kinkybootsthemusical


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