info 03.13.15

Organ and Tissue Donation
the skint

Donate Life America
Donate Life America is a non-profit with a mission to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. Over 123,000 people (adults and children) are waiting at this moment for life-saving transplants.

LiveOnNY, formerly the NY Donors Network, is the go-to site around here, since they coordinates organ, tissue, and eye donation with local transplant centers and hospitals. Local hospitals are, by law, required to notify LiveOnNY of in-hospital deaths and imminent deaths. If the patient was enrolled in the organ donation registry, the organization helps facilitate those wishes. If they were not enrolled, they will ask the family about donation.

Long Live NY
Long Live NY, part of LiveOnNY, will give you the facts of about organ donation. For instance, 'New York ranks 49th out of 50 states with regard to the percentage of residents registered as organ donors. New York ranks 3rd in the country in people waiting for organ donations.'

Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration
Over 60,000 people have had their sight restored through corneal transplants made possible by donations to the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration. The Eye Bank was founded 70 years ago, the first of its kind.

New York Firefighters Skin Bank
Part of New York Presbyterian's Burn Center, the Skin Bank helps treat burn victims – often small children, older adults and firefighters. Your age or history of disease does not generally preclude you from donating.

United Network for Organ Sharing
Among other things, UNOS matches organ donors to recipients. As of this morning, 78,061 people are active waiting list candidates in need of the right donor.

Additional Resources
For more information on organ and tissue donation, TRIO (Transplant Recipients International Organization) and The Gift of a Lifetime have helpful information for transplant candidates, recipients, donors and their families.

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri-sun: 66 high school teams from around the world present their creations at the 15th annual nyc first robotics competition (sat-sun). a science + technology college and career expo occurs all three days. jacob javits center, free.

fri-sun: actor/director ethan hawke and film subject seymour bernstein will be in person for select screenings of seymour: an introduction. ifc, $14 general, $10 seniors.

sat 10am-4pm: kick off of the spring gardening season at the brooklyn botanical garden's 34th annual making brooklyn bloom event: free gardening workshops, talks, film screenings and more. free with regular gardens admission (free 10am-12pm, $12 general, $6 students/seniors after 12pm).

sat-sun 11am-6pm: the fifth annual nyc vegetarian food festival returns with a full lineup of 100+ vendors, presenters, demos and endless food samples. at $40, regular admission is higher than skint standards, but $5 reduced end-of-day tickets will be available 4pm-5:30pm each day.

sat 12-7:30pm: say goodbye to winter at the seaport's broth fest, and vote for your favorite of seven locally-prepared original slow-simmered bone broths. bonus: admission includes two brooklyn brewery beers. $20 with promo code 'skintfriends' (reg. $33).

sun 10am-3pm: shop from over a thousand new + used cookbooks at 'bargain prices' at the james beard foundation's annual cookbook sale. 167 w. 12th st. (bet. 6th + 7th aves), free admission.

sun 12-6pm: vendors sell taxidermy, artful bones, unusual antiques, obscure books, and assorted curiosities at the morbid anatomy museum's spring flea market. free admission.

sun 1pm: brooklyn's 40th annual st. patrick's day parade loops from prospect park west + 15th street to 7th avenue + garfield place.

sun 4pm-11pm: seven new york new music ensembles perform and sell sweet treats and cds at the sixth annual new music bake sale. roulette, $10 admission includes a raffle ticket.

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