NY Girl, 13, Advocates for Donation  |  November 21, 2013

LaurensLawAfter surviving heart failure four years earlier thanks to a heart transplant, Lauren Shields, 13, of Stony Point NY, has become a mighty advocate for the cause of donation in New York.

She is the face behind the new legislation, Lauren’s Law, that is aimed at improving donor registration in the state.

The law stipulates that New Yorkers applying for or renewing a driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver’s ID card must answer the “Donate Life Registry” question about being an organ, eye and tissue donor that appears on DMV forms. Previously, applicants could simply ignore that section of the application.

“It has not been an easy journey but I’m so grateful to my donor, my angel for giving me my second chance at life. Make no mistake about it, this law may be named after me but it is for the thousands in New York that are waiting for a transplant right now,” Shields said.

Read more about Lauren and Lauren’s Law here.

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