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Legislature Declares April Donate Life Month


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Legislator Ted Morton today announced that the Legislature has declared April 2017 as Donate Life Month in Erie County.


“As a living donor myself, having donated a kidney several years ago, I can attest to the proven benefits of being an organ donor. Watching the impact I was able to have on an individual’s life has been overwhelming and one of the greatest honors of my life. I am a strong advocate of organ donation. Often times a single donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of over 75 people,” stated Legislator Morton.


In 2009, Legislator Morton donated a kidney after being touched by a gentleman’s story. Since that moment, Legislator Morton has been a leading advocate for organ donation and donor services.


“Donate Life Month is a time to celebrate the lifesaving power of donation and transplantation,” said Mark Simon, president and CEO of Unyts, Western New York’s organ, eye, tissue and community blood center. “A single organ donor can save up to eight lives. An eye and tissue donor can enhance 75 lives. The individuals and families who generously give the Gift of Life are true heroes.”


More than 118,000 people throughout the United States are currently waiting for a donation, nearly 10,000 in New York State alone. Those who wish to register as an organ donor can visit or through the Erie County Auto Bureau.