Connected For Life: Watch it here on 7online!

April 20, 2013 5:12:48 PM PDT
Not a single day goes by in New York without someone on a transplant waiting list dying as healthy organs are buried or cremated.The lack of organ donors is a problem nationwide but here in New York it's far worse. New York ranks an abysmal 48 out of the 50 states in organ donors.

WABC-TV, in connection with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is inviting viewers to answer the call to be an organ donor during April, which is National Organ Donor Month.

In a special half hour, we hear the stories of area residents, young and old who found themselves in desperate need of an organ donor in order to save their lives. We'll also learn about groundbreaking research and how professional sports teams from our area and celebrities are helping spread the word.

And we hear from familiar faces like Dr. Oz and ABC's own Robin Roberts about why education is so crucial to open the dialogue about organ donation.

You can watch the entire special in the video player above, and we hope you'll view it and hear the stories it tells.

There are several ways for you to sign up to become an organ donor:

More Resources seen on our show:

Where to register as an organ donor:
New York State:
NY Organ Donor Network registry
Register to become a donor
24 Hour Hospital Referral Line 1-800-GIFT-4-NY

New Jersey:
New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network


To find out how to register in your state go to:

Kidney Registry:
For information about donating a kidney and kidney chains:

The Eye Bank:

Bone Marrow Registry:

New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
877-NYP-WELL (9355)

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian

The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, Inc
120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005

New York Giants-

Brooklyn Nets-

NY Med-

Good Morning America-

Doctor information:
Dr. Jean Emond
Vice Chair and Director of Transplantation, NY- Presbyterian/Columbia

Dr. Sandip Kapur / Chief of Transplant Surgery
NY-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Linda Addonizio
Director of Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Heart Failure and Transplantation, NY-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Dr. Lloyd Ratner, Surgeon
Director, Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation, Department of Surgery NY-Presbyterian/Columbia