'Be A Hero' By Signing Up To Be An Organ Donor

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Story Updated: Jun 25, 2014

Someone in need of an organ transplant in New York state dies every 15 hours.

Every ten minutes a new person is added to the waiting list, hoping to be one of the lucky ones who gets a transplant.

John Dedloff is one of those lucky people. 

A genetic heart defect had John close to death during a year and half wait for a transplant. 

It was a donation from an 18 year old accident victim that saved him.

"I'm so grateful for this chance at a second life," said Dedloff.

John Pierce was among the friends Dedloff made during his 300 days as a patient at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

But for Pierce, and for others, the wait and the weakness that resulted were just too much.

Now, Pierce's widow, Deanna, and Dedloff share the goal of encouraging more New Yorkers to become organ donors.

"I don't understand...why, if we would take an organ, we wouldn't be signed up to give an organ. It just doesn't make sense to me," said Deanna.

"Try not to leave that for your folks to decide or for relatives to decide. Be a hero yourself. Sign up. You can make the change, you can make the difference in people's lives today," said Dedloff.

To register as an organ donor or get more information, go to donatelifeny.org. 

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