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Organ donation allows people to 'pass life on'

Rob KochikNot enough organs are available for transplant because people are reluctant to register to become donors or to discuss the matter with loved ones, says Rob Kochik, executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, which coordinates organ donation in Syracuse and much of Upstate New York. He encourages people to think of donation as a way to “pass life on” to others and explains Lauren‘s Law, which asks New York state driver‘s license applicants whether they wish to join the donor registry. More than 100,000 Americans are awaiting transplants at any given time, mostly for kidneys. Kochik explains why the demand is so great, myths about donation and how potential donors with doubts should sign up and let medical experts decide on their suitability when the time comes.