Donate Life Month

Unyts, ECMC Kick-Off Donate Life Month

Allan Harris
April 08, 2018 - 8:43 am
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(WBEN)  Unyts and ECMC have teamed up to launch “Donate Life Month.”  New York State currently has the second lowest donor registry rate in the United States.  ECMC and Unyts continue to collaborate and concentrate on increasing the community’s knowledge and understanding about the need for donation and transplantation.

New York has the third highest need for donors in the country, yet the second lowest percentage of registered donors. Out of the approximately 9,500 New Yorkers on the waiting list, over 1,700 have been waiting for life saving and improving transplants for more than 5 years. Each year, an estimated 400 men, women and children in the state die because to the shortage of donors.

The mission of the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care at ECMC is to provide life-saving kidney and pancreas transplants, vascular access surgical care, hemodialysis for outpatients and inpatients, and treatment and disease management services for patients with all stages of chronic kidney disease. This concentration of services results in a greater number of procedures performed, a high level of expertise among the medical staff, and the most favorable outcomes for renal patients at all levels of care.

With state-of-the-art technology and procedures for transplant, as well as a growing living donor program, ECMC’s transplantation team is leading the way in True Care. To date, the Center has achieved a 92.4% 1-year survival rate and 35.7% of wait list patients received transplants within one year—a donation rate more successful than competitors like the University of Pittsburgh, Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Rochester.

These life-saving transplants are only possible through the support of Unyts’ and ECMC’s physician partners, community organizations and the generous people of WNY.

Unyts encourages everyone to commit to becoming a donor by visiting www.unyts.org/checkyes and completing a simple enrollment form, or by visiting your local Auto Bureau.

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