On September 8th, the Genesee County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hosted representatives from Donate Life New York State. The visit commemorated the DMV's unparalleled achievement of securing its third straight win in a statewide competition for enrolling the most organ donors per capita during Donate Life Month.
Among those present were Jayson White, Director of Community Engagement at Donate Life NYS; Jim Foti Jr., a heart transplant recipient; Mark Schroeder, State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; Michael Cianfrini, Genesee County Clerk; Deborah Igoe, Deputy Genesee County Clerk; and other County DMV personnel.
Fifty-one county-run and twenty-seven state-run New York DMV offices participated in the contest during the month of April, with Genesee County achieving the highest enrollment for organ donors per capita. This achievement reflects not only the dedication and effort put forth by the DMV staff to promote this vital cause but also the generosity and selflessness of the residents of Genesee County.
More than 32,000 Genesee County residents have documented their decision to be organ, eye, and tissue donors upon their passing by enrolling in the Registry.
State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Mark Schroeder complemented local efforts.
"Genesee County is known throughout New York State for its dedication to this cause. Your efforts serve as a model for other counties," said Schroeder.
Jim Foti Jr, a heart transplant recipient, spoke about the program's life-changing impact. "My heart has been accepting my body. I mean, my body has been accepting my heart. If it wasn't for what you do daily, I might not be standing here," said Foti.
Genesee County Clerk Michael Cianfrini voiced his appreciation for all involved. "Our team's dedication and the community's generosity have made us leaders in this worthwhile cause. A survivor's story has inspired us all today. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has committed to being an organ donor," said Cianfrini.
The DMV office in Batavia has been a strong advocate, contributing to Genesee County’s reputation as a leader in organ donation efforts throughout New York State. The award will serve as a daily reminder of the life-saving work being done by these individuals.
Initially intended as a traveling trophy, it seems to have found a permanent home in Genesee County, symbolizing the community's ongoing commitment to saving lives and educating residents.
For more information about Donate Life NYS, please visit https://donatelifenys.org/.