VALLEY STREAM, NY – The Lions Eye Bank for Long Island will be participating in discussions at various houses of worship on the weekend of Nov. 14 in an effort to increase awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation.
The weekend, called the Donor Sabbath, is a national initiative and will reach out across different faiths to explain the need and process of organ, eye and tissue donation. Religious leaders, transplant recipients, donor families and members of organ donation groups will share their experiences at events in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship across the region.
There are many misconceptions about organ, eye and tissue donation, according to Susan Zarola-Cohen, MD, program liaison for the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island, which is located at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. Most of the major religions consider donation the highest form of charity. The Donor Sabbath opens up the conversation about this and helps to allay any concerns.
Someone’s name is added to the New York State transplant waiting list about once every three hours, according to the New York Organ Donor Network.
For more information about organ donation, call the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island at 516-256-6990 or go to http://www.lebli.org/.