Niagara County Raises Flag for Donate Life Month

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Rebecca Wydysh and Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski were joined by Sarah Diina of ConnectLife to raise the ConnectLife flag outside the Niagara County Courthouse to celebrate April as National Donate Life Month.  During this month, we honor those who have saved lives through the gift of a donation and encourage others to consider registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.

“ConnectLIfe is WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center so it was fitting that Sarah Diina joined County Jastrzemski and me as we kicked off Donate Life Month,” said Wydysh.  “There are more than 100,000 women, men and children waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, including 8,500 people in New York State,  and every nine minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.   Every April, we try to do our best to raise awareness of this issue and ask the public to please consider registering to be a donor.”

According to County Clerk Jastrzemski, residents can sign up to be organ donors by visiting the state registry at or at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office when replacing, renewing or upgrading their driver's license or non-driver identification. 

“The fact is that one organ, eye and tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 lives,” said Jastrzemski.  “That’s why I became an organ donor years ago and today, more than 51 percent of all licensed drivers in Niagara County are signed up to be organ donors.  If you are not, please know it’s never been easier to register and your decision could have a lasting impact for generations.”

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(Pictured outside the Niagara County Courthouse, from left to right, are Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh, Sarah Diina, Senior Director of Marketing & Community Development at ConnectLife, and County Clerk Joe Jastrzemski.)