Albany Correspondent: Help Pass Lauren’s Law – The Journey of Lauren Shields By Carlos Gonzalez

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Two years ago, 10-year-old Lauren Shield's life was saved because of an organ donor. The Stony Point girl was the recipient of a new heart.

Now, Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) is championing Lauren's Law, a piece of legislation named for the young Ms Shield that aims to increase the number of organ donors in New York State.

"I can't stress enough how absolutely critical it is that we find a solution to the low donor enrollment we face here in New York," Carlucci said Sunday, March 6, 2011, speaking about the proposed law at Nyack Hospital. "Everyday, lives are lost because donor organs are not available."

Lauren's Law seeks to revamp the way New Yorkers register as organ donors when filling out their drivers license application. Currently, there is a non-mandatory organ donation section on the application; Carlucci wants to make the section mandatory. If passed, Lauren's Law would require New Yorkers to either select "yes" or "not at this time" on the donation form.

Gonzalez_Carlos1 The compelling video titled "Lauren's Story" was produced by Carlos Gonzalez, The Westchester Guardian / Yonkers Tribune Albany-based correspondent and video journalist.  

"After meeting Lauren Shields on Sunday, I felt compelled to do my part on presenting the life and journey of such a special ten-year-old and family," said Gonzalez.  "Lauren is so special and such an amazing child to have gone through so much in such a short time.  She's a leader, and is on the cusp of realizing her calling in life.  It's now our responsibility to help her find it."

Carlos Gonzalez is the Albany Correspondent for The Westchester Guardian and the Yonkers Tribune. Share your thoughts with me by directing email to


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