Organ donation hot topic at area DMV offices; U.B. team
in Dunkirk Tuesday
New York state is far behind the national average in organ donation, yet the need is just as great. To help raise awareness, and organ donor registration, the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicle offices will host a team from the University at Buffalo that is working to educate residents about the registration process and the value of becoming a donor.
"Organ donation is a life-saving act with so many rewards," said Chautauqua County Clerk Sandy Sopak. "We want people to know how easy it is to become a donor and save a life just by checking that box on their license application or renewal."
More than 10,000 New York residents are currently awaiting a transplant, yet the New York State donor registry only has a 15 percent signup rate. With heightened awareness of how easy the process is to become a donor, Sopak hopes that percentage increases and more lives are saved.
The team from U.B. will be on site conducting brief, one-minute exit surveys at each of the three Department of Motor Vehicle offices.
On Tuesday, the team will be Dunkirk, on Wednesday, they will be in Mayville and on Thursday, they will be in Jamestown, asking customers to complete a brief seven-question survey that will help assist and promote organ donor registration.
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