Saving Lives

Ms. Karen Cummings, a representative from LiveOnNY quizzed our students on how much information they recalled about the presentation and rewarded winners with t-shirts.
Ms. Karen Cummings, a representative from LiveOnNY quizzed our students on how much information they recalled about the presentation and rewarded winners with t-shirts.
Christian Siems talks with our students about the young Marine, Nicholas Brown, whose heart went on to save Christian’s life.
Christian Siems talks with our students about the young Marine, Nicholas Brown, whose heart went on to save Christian’s life.

There are many questions when it comes to organ donation, so shedding a little light on this critical program helped dispel some of the myths. For instance, did you know that New York ranks 50th in the percentage of residents registered as organ donors? And Nationally, most patients wait for one to two years for an organ transplant, but in New York, most patients wait three to five years.

LiveOnNY, a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization was at Walt Whitman High School this winter to raise awareness and educate our health students about organ donation. As part of the presentation, the students met 23-year old organ recipient Christian Siems from Greenlawn.  Christian had just celebrated the second anniversary of his heart transplant.

“We want students to have an increased awareness about the importance of life-saving transplants, and hopefully they will take action to register to become an organ donor,” said Ms. Karen Cummings, a representative from LiveOnNY who was leading the presentation to our health students. “Aq the new law that went into effect in 2017, so now in New York, you need to be sixteen or older to register as an organ donor.” We thank the Walt Whitman PTA for sponsoring this event this year.