Press Materials

LiveOnNY is the nonprofit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the greater New York City area. Our teams work with local hospitals and transplant centers to deliver the gift of life to the nearly 9,000 New Yorkers currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. We also care for the families of the selfless organ donors and advocate for this lifesaving cause.

We have several experts available to speak to the media about LiveOnNY and organ donation. For media inquiries, please contact Ali McSherry at 646-291-4637 or email amcsherry@liveonny.org

Statements from Leonard Achan, LiveOnNY President & CEO

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Statement on LiveOnNY’s Role: “LiveOnNY is the federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) for the New York metropolitan area, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, and the lower Hudson Valley. We partner with over 100 hospitals, including 11 transplant centers, to serve 13 million residents. While working quietly behind the scenes, LiveOnNY manages all the communication with donor families in the hospitals and also manages the medical, clinical, operational, financial and transportation logistics of the organ procurement process with hospitals within our designated service area and transplant centers across the country.”

Statement on 2021 Numbers: “In 2021, LiveOnNY partnered with our donor hospitals and transplant centers resulting in over 1,000 organs being transplanted to those on the wait list. We also had the honor of working with 749 tissue donors in 2021 to honor their gifts of life. This was thanks to the support of the New York community giving back more than ever by choosing to be organ and tissue donors or making the heroic decision of choosing for their family member to be an organ and tissue donor."

Statement on Success with Partners: "Selfless decisions by organ and tissue donors and their families made 2021 LiveOnNY’s most successful year ever for the number of organs transplanted into patients on the waiting list. The organization’s staff worked hand in hand with New York’s hospital leaders, physicians, nurses and transplant centers led by world-renowned surgeons and their staff, as well as emergency services and critical care staff across New York. This resulted in the residents of the greater New York City area generously donating more organs than ever before in the organization’s history to save lives across the region.”

Statement on the Waiting List: “Approximately 9,000 people in New York are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving transplant and the only way we can give them a second chance is through the continued grace of our New York community saying ‘yes’ to saving lives by giving the ultimate gift of life. The waiting list can’t wait, and your family, friends and neighbors may one day need your help, so please consider organ and tissue donation to help save and change lives.”

Statement on Being an Organ and Tissue Donor: “Anyone can be an organ and tissue donor hero. All it requires is a desire to be compassionate and to want to ‘live on’ through helping others in the most meaningful way possible. Thousands of New Yorkers are in need of a vital organ or tissue donation right now. Many are wishing for a better tomorrow or are wondering if there will be a tomorrow at all. There is no greater gift than the gift of life, so please become an organ donor hero by signing up now on the Donate Life New York or national registry or at the DMV or consider being a living donor. Most important, don't forget to tell your family and friends of your wish to save others with organ and tissue donation.”

Graphics, Fact Sheet & More

Covering organ and tissue donation means that more education will be provided and ultimately more lives will be saved. Below are press materials to help supplement coverage:

  • Download Organ, Eye & Tissue Fact Sheet
  • Download Graphics (6 available)
  1. 9,000 New Yorkers waiting
  2. 1 organ donor can save 8 lives and 1 tissue donor can help 50-75 people
  3. Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list
  4. 1 New Yorker dies waiting every day waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
  5. 6.9 million New Yorkers are registered as organ donors
  6. Waiting list by organ graphic.
  • View recent press releases here.
  • View recent media hits here.
  • View the 2021 annual report here.

In the News

CBS News: Detective Wilbert Mora's Final Gift Of Organ Donation
Fox 5 Good Day New York: Honors Officer Mora for His Organ Donation Gifts
NewsNation: Heroic Gift - Fallen NYPD Officer Saved 5 Lives with Organ Donation
Spectrum News NY1: Fallen NYPD Officer Saved 5 Lives With Organ Donation
ABC 7 New York: Heroic Firefighter Remembered
Fox 5: How Organ Donation Can Change and Save Lives

Donor Family and Recipient Stories

Rockland County heart recipient Roxanne Watson
Yonkers donor mom Carmen Hanchard
Bronx donor mom Arlene Soto-Vargas
Brooklyn donor dad Eddie Soto