Through the generous donations we raise each year at our Spring Gala, Donate Eight provides funding for programs developed and supported by LiveOnNY Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to LiveOnNY’s core mission of increasing the number of lives saved through education, support for donor families and transplant recipients, spreading public awareness about the Gift of Life and support for living donation.
Programs We Have Funded
LiveOnNY/Donate Eight “Ya Gotta Have Heart” Emergency Fund grant to Harboring Hearts. Now in its fourth year, the fund provides heart and liver transplant patients and their families temporary housing, food and transportation during hospital stays and pre- and post-transplant medical appointments.
Support for The Gift of Life Transport Service to escort grieving donor families to and from the hospital or funeral home and provide a comforting hand during a very difficult time.
Publication of “Kinsey’s Kidney Adventure” a children’s book about a 5-year-old Queens girl who bravely endured dialysis and got a life-saving kidney from an anonymous living donor. Eighty percent of the book sale proceeds to Kinsey’s medical and college fund.
Bereavement workshops for grieving teens to help them cope with the loss of a parent or sibling who died and donated their organs to save others. We have also begun providing bereavement workshops for organ donor families who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Education program for dialysis patients in underserved neighborhoods to learn about the option of transplantation and living donation.
Participation in symposiums and educational health fairs in African American and Asian communities to increase donation and awareness.
Grant to the Halachic Organ Donation Society to increase awareness and donation in the Jewish community and on college campuses.
Established “Marcy’s Gift” – a scholarship program for college-bound high school students to spread awareness about organ and tissue donation.
Sponsored a donor family to represent New York in the Rose Bowl Parade Donate Life Float in Pasadena, California, seen on national TV by 30 million viewers.
A multi-media advertising campaign to promote New York State’s new modernized organ donor registry featuring six children who received transplants.