The Syracuse Crunch are teaming up with the Central New York Eye and Tissue bank for a Donate Life Night on Friday night at the War Memorial.
The month of April is Donate Life month, promoting greater awareness for organ, eye and tissue donors. During the Crunch's game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night, there will be tables on the second level of the War Memorial with enrollment forms fans can fill out to get registered, with information passed out at the gate and promotions will be performed throughout the game for both new and old donors. A donor family will do the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game as well.
On Wednesday, the Crunch got the enrollment started, as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins enrolled himself into the registry.
"I have people in my family that went through medical [issues] and stuff," he said. "For me it's important to help and give to people in need. Make a difference ya know, it's once thing to make a difference when you're alive, but when you're not there anymore you can feel like you can help somebody else, that's the main part of it."
Mark Kenville from the Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank believes having professional athletes like Desjardins enroll can only help raise awareness.
"We think it creates a great awareness that players, people that have a higher profile in the community, letting others know the importance of donating organ, eye and tissue," Kenville said.
12,000 people on the national registry are waiting for an organ transplant, while thousands more are waiting for life saving tissue or cornea transplants as well. You can go online with the DMV or the Department of Health to register.