Stories of Lives Touched Encourages Organ Donation

One man's story of why he decided to become an organ donor.
One man's story of why he decided to become an organ donor. Photo credit: photographereddie

VALLEY STREAM, NY -- The associate executive director of quality at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream will be among the North Shore-LIJ Health System employees registering as an organ donor on Oct. 6 (Organ Donor Enrollment Day) at  several of the system’s facilities.

“I came to Franklin Hospital about a year ago and one of the areas that I am responsible for is the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island,” said Jason Tan, RN. “When I heard the stories of the work they do and the impact their work has, I decided that I wanted to become an organ donor.”

Among the stories Mr. Tan heard was that of Hudson Mitchell, a then 10-month-old, who received two corneal transplants before her first birthday. One of those donations came from the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island.

Mr. Tan has been in the medical field for several years and has been involved in the organ donation process, but hearing and witnessing the impact of a person’s donation made him decide to sign up. He encourages others, particularly those who work in healthcare, to listen to the lives of people impacted by organ donation to help inform their decision about organ donation.

“Having this day gave me the opportunity to have a formal conversation with my wife about organ donation,” Jason said about the Oct. 6 event. “And I found out that she was already an organ donor.”

On Oct. 6, people can get information about becoming an organ donor and sign up to do so at Franklin Hospital, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and Forest Hills Hospital in Queens.

For more information about the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island, click here.

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