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You could win free pizza for life by raising organ donor awareness

15 February 2017, 12:45 | Sheila Harris

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One person can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save or heal more than 75 lives through eye and tissue donation, according to the Donor Alliance. This means enrollment could increase in NY by the thousands, the governor's office says. "With this action, we are taking one more step toward a stronger, healthier NY for all".

As of Tuesday, New Yorkers ages 16 and 17 can register to donate their organs postmortem when they apply for a driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID.

Cuomo says if a registered minor dies before turning 18, their parents or legal guardians can rescind the decision. Over 30 countries around the world, including 24 European nations, have "presumed consent" or "opt-out" policies, resulting in very high organ donation rates.

The legislation was signed back in August.

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"With so many in need of this lifesaving gift, the implementation of this new law plays an important role in expanding New York State's Donate Life Registry".

The province said organ donors saved 380 lives in 2015 in Alberta, which was an 11 per cent increase from 2014.

Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz said, "An estimated 600 New Yorkers die every year while waiting for an organ transplant".



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