'Share your spare.' Donors, recipients encourage others to donate organs

Lisa Calla donated one of her kidneys to Julia Mulroy, who at the age of 16 had less than a year to live if she didn't undergo a transplant.

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2022, 1:16 AM

Updated 731 days ago

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There is a push to get more people to become living donors in New York.
April is National Donate Life Month and New York ranks lowest in the country for available organ donors.
"There is a saying when you talk about kidney donation, 'Share your spare, you really only need one,'" says Lisa Calla.
Calla donated one of her kidneys to Julia Mulroy, who at the age of 16 had less than a year to live if she didn't undergo a transplant.
Donors, recipients, advocates and Suffolk County officials are urging Long Islanders to become organ, eye, tissue and marrow donors in April.
There is a critical need to increase enrollment in the deceased and living donor programs here and across the nation.
Guy Calla, chief of staff for Leg. Kevin McCaffrey, says more than 10,000 people are waiting for necessary organ transplants.
Karen Cummings, of Live On NY, says because the state ranks lowest in available organ donors, New Yorkers wait twice as long if they are in need of a transplant.
Someone can become a living donor by getting a physical at the doctor's office to ensure their body is in good health. They then can reach out to a local transplant center where coordinators guide donors through the process.
"Julia and I, we have a wonderful bond," Lisa Calla says. "It's just wonderful to see her in college and in a sorority, just really enjoying herself."
Friday is National Blue and Green Day, which promotes the importance of organ donation.


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