DJ Whutever and His Mom, Pearl, Kidney Recipient
A Journey of Hope
DJ Whutever, a Bronx, NY native, is a DJ for both Power 105 and the New York Mets. DJ Whutever is stepping up to let people know about the great need for organ donation, especially here in New York where approximately 10,000 New Yorkers are awaiting a lifesaving transplant. One of those New Yorkers waiting was his mom, Pearl. Follow the story of DJ Whutever and his mom, a kidney recipient. Learn about their journey, their struggles and what it was like to receive the gift of a lifesaving kidney. DJ Whutever talks about the importance of signing up to be a registered organ donor, encouraging all to 'just do it!"
Getting Through Dialysis: Pearl's Determination
DJ Whutever speaks to his mom, Pearl, about what he remembers as a child when his mom was on dialysis. Hear from Pearl about the challenges of being on dialysis while raising a young son, working full time and going to school.
The Wait: What Was It Like?
Approximately 10,000 New Yorkers are waiting for a lifesaving transplant, Pearl was one of those New Yorkers. DJ Whutever and his mom talk about what is was like to wait for a lifesaving transplant and how she felt when she received a kidney.
Signing Up As An Organ Donor: It's A Beautiful Thing
DJ Whutever shares his decision to sign up as a registered organ donor with his mom. He reflects on why he feels organ donation is so important. "I think organ donation is extremely important. It's all about helping people survive, helping people live."
Commonly Asked Questions
The decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor is personal and can require additional thought and reflection. Here you will find answers to some of your questions.
There are approximately 10,000 children and adults on the New York organ transplant waiting list. On average, one New Yorker dies each day because the organ they needed did not come soon enough. These people are our family, friends and neighbors. We can help them by saying yes to organ, eye and tissue donation.
What is the organ donation process?
Non-living donation only happens once someone has died and can only be done with consent by you prior to your passing or by your family after your passing. LiveOnNY works with hospitals to carry out a person’s wishes to be an organ donor after their death. We also work with families who choose to give the gift of life on behalf of a deceased love one if that loved one was not a registered organ donor. Once someone consents to being an organ donor, a surgery is performed to recover organs from the donor. They are then transplanted to someone in need in order to help save their life.
Can I trust that the process is fair?
Organ, eye and tissue donation are highly regulated processes that ensure fairness and equity. The hospital where a person receives care and the organizations that maintain the organ donation registry, facilitate organ and tissue donation, and maintain the transplant waiting list are all separate entities. This is to ensure that there is no conflict of interest and that no part of the process can be influenced. Matching organ donors to transplant recipients is solely based on health factors and cannot be altered by factors such as race, economic status, or celebrity status.
Will doctors work as hard to save my life?
Doctors, nurses, paramedics and other hospital personnel are legally obligated to do everything in their power to save a patient’s life. LiveOnNY is a separate organization that works with families to facilitate organ donation only after a patient is deemed terminal. At no point will your care be compromised if you are a registered organ donor, or if your family has decided to donate your organs after your death.
Does my religion support organ donation?
Major religions celebrate organ donation as an opportunity to save lives and view it as a final act of kindness. The blessings associated with saving a life are also held in higher esteem than the religious laws surrounding burial. We encourage you to speak with your faith leader if you have additional questions. Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Catholicism have all stated approval for organ donation when done with the intention of saving lives.