NewsTalk: Blood & Tissue Drive in Memory of Dalton Dorrity.
The 3D Dalton Douglas Dorrity Blood and Tissue Drive is happening today from Noon until 6 pm in the Adirondack Central School Gym on Rotue 294 in Boonville.
Amy Samson is Dalton's mother. Dalton was killed in a car crash with the driver and one other passenger in a vehicle as he and his friends drove home from a hike at Blue Mountain in May of 2017. His mother, being a nurse and knowing Dalton's wish to be an organ donor, raced to get the process in place in the crucial time after her son's death.
Samson says she was met with obstacle after obstacle in the process. In the end, she was able to get a crew to her son's body, but to no avail. It was too late. Samson says this was a tough opportunity lost for her son to live on through others. She is now pushing for Dalton's Law to be passed. Dalton's Law would make it mandatory for out-of-hospital deaths to be called in to organ and tissue procurement organizations.
It was introduced into the NYS Assembly in March of 2018 as bill number A10046 and would ensure coroners and medical examierns across the state adhere to protocols that would enhance opportunities for organ donation.
Hospitals by law are required to refer every death in a timely manner.
Lauren's Law requires the DMV to ask the question about organ and tissue donations before the transaction can be completed. If coroners are not looking at a license or makign a referal, those woh are on teh Donor Registry will lose their chance to donate, Samson said.
At the blood drive Thursday Novembe 8 from Noon - 6 pm, there will be refreshments, pizza, t-shirts on sale to benefit the Dalton Dorrity Memorial Scholarship and education. The scholarship makes it possible to push education on organ donation in schools and in the community. The blood and tissue drive is sponsored by Capri Pizzeria, Rome Memorial Hospital and Adirondack Central School District.