Lauren’s Law Gets National Attention

New York law encouraging people to sign up as organ donors will be held up as an example for the country.


Lauren Shields, the inspiration for to encourage organ donations, will have her story shared nationally on Sunday evening.  NBC News interviewed the young Stony Point heart transplant recipient on Wednesday and Thursday and spoke with State Senator David Carlucci, who advocated for passage of the state law.  Carlucci described the passage of the law as “historic” and said he has no doubt that the bill will save countless lives of those who desperately need a life-saving organ donation.

Carlucci credited Shields for her contributions.

“We could not have done it without the tireless advocacy of 12 year old Stony Point resident Lauren Shields, for who the bill was named after.  The recipient of a heart transplant herself, Lauren puts a human touch on an issue that rightfully deserves its place in the spotlight.  Through her own efforts, she has helped make history in New York State, and is about to show the entire country that one person can truly make a difference.” 

The New York law allows people to enroll in the donor program at the Department of Motor Vehicles. On the driver’s license application, the question about whether the individual wants to join the organ and tissue donation registry or not is mandatory.  Supporters hope the requirement to answer the question will increase the number of donors in New York State, which lags behind other states.

Jeanne Shields, Lauren’s mother, said her daughter was very relaxed during the interview possibly because she did not realize that a national audience would be watching her. 

John Taggart September 08, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Making people answer that question will make them think, and most people after thinking on it will say yes. My wife is living a normal life now on a donated kidney. One persons donated organs can save as many as 7 lives. Everyone please say yes when you renew your license, and make sure your relatives know your wishes...
Emily Levin September 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I think this is an important law that needs to be a national law! My fiancé has been awaiting a kidney transplant for over a year! People seem to overlook this option to donate when they are at the DMV. If they are forced to check it off one way or another they may think twice. So many lives can be saved by one person checking this box! Thank you Lauren for bringing this awareness to light! You are in my prayers!
Robin Traum September 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Emily Lauren has been a very active spokesperson for organ transplants and hopefully she has inspired people to think about it and how they can help others. Robin
John Taggart September 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Lauren is a great little girl. Saw her speak at Rockland lake. Its so very important that people in the NY and the US wake up to help. NY has the most need and the least signed on. Its sad more people on the patch didn't leave politics for a minute and comment on this


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