Kidney disease, which often results in a need for transplant, is an issue that disproportionately affects the Black community. In the U.S., 90,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant and more than one third of those waiting are of African descent. Members of the Black community suffer from kidney failure at a rate three times higher than individuals from other races.

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Meet Christopher

Christopher is unstoppable. Born with polycystic kidney disease, he knew from a young age that a kidney transplant was likely in his future. By 2015, his kidneys were failing and he was forced to undergo…

By Rabbi Ari Perl

As Thanksgiving gives way to December each year, I am reminded of two profound rabbinic teachings about biblical Adam’s encounter with darkness and light. According to the Talmud (Avodah Zara 8b), the steady increase in darkness that accompanied Adam’s first experience with winter led to deep despair and a pervasive sense of impending doom. When the winter solstice passed and daylight began to steadily increase, hope was restored. The Talmud suggests that Adam’s celebration formed the basis for the many festivals celebrated by different religions at the end of December each year.

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A second rabbinic teaching…

In honor of National Donor Sabbath, the Archdiocese of New York sent a letter from Vicar General Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. LaMorte to all Archdiocesan priests in support of organ donation. LiveOnNY extends its deepest thanks to the Archdiocese for helping to raise awareness about this important issue. Please see below for the text of the letter:

“During these months of concern and uncertainty, we all search for signs of hope and healing. One particularly effective way to bring light out of this darkness is through organ and tissue donation. …

The Hindu faith is rooted in compassion and charity and the idea that Hindus should do whatever they can to eradicate the suffering of others.

“We are never prohibited from any form of charity, including the donation of one’s body,” says Hindu Temple Society of North America President Uma V. Mysorekar, MD, FACOG. “Hinduism is a way of life with a strong belief in life after death and the laws of Karma, good and bad actions. The soul, unlike the body, is eternal.”

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Followers of Hinduism are expected to live a virtuous life and share the belief that all life…

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LiveOnNY would like to thank everyone who participated in Organ Donor Enrollment Day this week. We’d like to take a moment to recognize our partners who went above and beyond to help raise awareness about the power of organ and tissue donation. From hosting media events, to posting social media messages and sending emails to their constituents, these partners truly went the extra mile to help make Organ Donor Enrollment Day a success.

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by Alan G.

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The following remarks were shared by heart transplant recipient Alan in a Yom Kippur 5780 (2019) address to his fellow worshippers at his synagogue, followed by his current reflections one year later.

To me, the days of Awe are all about life and death, guilt and remorse, confession of sins, and hopefully, forgiveness, renewal, and redemptive action. Al Cheyt is a prayer of confession and asking for forgiveness. I have never thought about these words so deeply and personally as I do now. Here’s why. In April, I went to the hospital for open heart surgery to…

By: Rabbi Ari Perl

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Rosh Hashana is a time for reflection, for looking back at the year gone by and ahead to one just beginning. It is also a time to think about life. And there is so much to think about this Rosh Hashana: lives lost and lives spared, lives taken and lives saved, lives of meaning and lives that matter. Amidst these weighty issues, Rosh Hashana 5781 also challenges our Jewish community to think deeply, and maybe even differently, about the gift of life and how it is given.

While most Jewish holidays revolve around a significant event…

A life-changing event can transform how you think and live.

By: David White

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“Your kidneys aren’t working anymore.” When I heard these words back in 2009, the only thing I knew about my kidneys was that I had two of them. A few days later, I woke up after surgery with a plastic tube sticking out of my chest. The tube ran straight into my heart so I could begin emergency dialysis.

Now, I consider myself to be a pretty smart guy, but I wasn’t smart about taking care of myself. Years of bad habits like smoking, drinking too much…

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Carmen

When her son Clarence passed away, Carmen was uncertain if she wanted to donate his organs. Then she spoke to her granddaughter who supported organ donation. She said her father was a generous man who would have wanted to help others.

Clarence went on to save two lives and leave a lasting legacy through organ donation.

Ever since, Carmen has been an incredible organ donation advocate and has shared her story at various events across the greater New York City area. …

Maimonides Medical Center nurse Sharon Pennycooke was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March 2020. It wasn’t long before the Brooklyn resident was put into an isolation room at the hospital and cut off from family and friends. The only time she saw people was when the nurses took her vitals and brought her food.

“It was very hard to be alone,” she says.

Sharon’s condition worsened and she struggled to breathe. She began thinking about giving up when she came across a LiveOnNY branded pen in her purse. …

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