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Raising awareness about the need for organ donation

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - In honor of National Organ Donor Month, St. Elizabeth Medical Center is joining forces with the Center for Donation and Transplant to raise awareness throughout the month of April.

On Tuesday until 8 p.m., the public is welcome inside the conference room by the cafeteria of St. Elizabeth Medical Center to pick-up literature about organ donation, goodies, and a donation registration form.

Oneida County has one of the lowest numbers of registered organ donors in New York State.

"People need organs," said Andrew Sigond, of the Center for Donation and Transplant. "Liver failure, kidney failure, heart failure, whatever. There are no artificial interventions that can sustain them for a long time. They need an organ transplant and the only way to get one is through an organ donation. "

The goal is to not only increase the number of people in the organ registry, but to also encourage families to have open and honest conversations about the issue.

If you are interested in donating, you can sign up at St. Elizabeth Medical Center or register online at www.dmv.ny.gov

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