- Janet Ocasio spoke at Putnam County Naturalization Ceremony on 9/28/2016
Click on the link for the Putnam County Naturalization Ceremony video. If you scroll towards the middle you will find Janet's speech regarding organ donation. This is another venue where we can spread donor awareness directly to our newest citizens.
- It’s Beautiful
Here are links to the final videos for the Northern Westchester Hospital's organ donor awareness campaign, It’s Beautiful.
Comcast agreed to donate the cost for producing all three videos, which will appear in rotation throughout the month of April to their 25,000 Comcast customers in Putnam County. For Westchester, the videos are appearing on our NWH and Northwell Health social media channels, and LiveOnNY is pushing them out as well. Additionally, audio versions will run on radio stations WHUD 100.7FM and WSPK 104.7FM.
TSO members have provided powerful personal stories for the
The videos are AMAZING! You can view the videos on YouTube:
It's Beautiful – Long LiveNY.org v1
It's Beautiful – LongLiveNY.org v2
It's Beautiful – LongLiveNY.org v3
- Janet Ocasio speaks on Univision/Telemundo 41
In April, 2014, Janet Ocasio, former co-president of TSO, was invited by LiveOnNY to be interviewed on Univision/Telemundo 41, to speak about organ donation and her personal experience as a liver recipient.
Janet appeared with Stefan Segadlo from LiveOnNY to speak directly to the Hispanic community over the largest Spanish-speaking TV network in the United States.
- Howard Romanoff speaks in
In September, 2015, Howard Romanoff, TSO member and lung transplant recipient, was invited by County Executive Rob Astorini to speak at the kickoff for the Westchester County Day of Volunteering on September 11, 2015
Howard talked about his experiences waiting for a transplant and then his experiences after his transplant and his personal commitment to volunteerism.
- March 25, 2015: Janet Ocasio was recognized at Greenburgh Town Hall by Judith Beville, Town Clerk, and Paul Feiner, Town Supervisor, as part of Women's History Month.
Janet spoke passionately about her transplantation experience and the need for organ donor registration In New York State. Janet was one of 10 women recognized at this ceremony.
The attached photo shows Janet surrounded by members of the TSO Board of Directors who attended this ceremony in honor of Janet.
- TSO and the Town of Greenburgh
Since coming to the Town of Greenburgh in January, 2014, for our monthly meetings, town officials have invited TSO to participate on several radio and local cable programs.
TSO has now been interviewed twice by Paul Feiner, Town Supervisor, in 2014 and then again in 2016, on his weekly radio program on WVOX, the Westchester County local radio station. Also, Judith Beville, Greenburgh Town Clerk, hosted TSO on the very first local cable show originating from Greenburgh Town Hall. The picture shows TSO board members Ike Copperman, Glenda Daggert, Helen Harper, and Janet Ocasio at the first program.
TSO is very grateful for the tireless champions we have in Paul Feiner and Judith Beville and the entire Greenburgh community.
In March, 2015, Judith Beville also recognized Janet Ocasio among women in Westchester County for her leadership of TSO and her unending commitment to organ donation and registration.
- Please watch a video that brings to life the new LiveOnNY brand (formerly DonateLifeNY).
- The TSO Scholarship TSO believes very strongly in the future.
After all, TSO’s members have been given a future through the gift of donation. And part of that future is the TSO Scholarship, awarded to a high school senior who has promoted organ donation and registration through an activity the senior has created. TSO has awarded scholarships for the last 3 years to some outstanding high school seniors. Our award ceremony takes place in June of each year. We thought you would be interested in knowing how our award winners are doing.
- 2013 - Christian Falco
- 2014 – Joseph Panzarino
- 2015 – Brianna Barker
- Transplant Support Organization Awards Scholarship To Christian Falco, A Student At Westlake High School
Transplant Support Organization (TSO) awards its 2013 Memorial Scholarship to Christian Falco, a student at Westlake High School, Thornwood, New York. Christian and his family are residents of Valhalla, NY. The Scholarship is given to honor the memory of members of TSO who were transplant recipients. Christian received his award at a TSO meeting on June 19, 2013.
Christian’s grandmother, Carol Johnson, is a transplant recipient and inspired Christian to become involved with promoting public awareness for organ donation and registration on the New York State DonateLife donor registry. Christian “educated the educators” by setting up a table at the Superintendent’s staff meeting, and distributing information about organ donation to the teachers.
Besides his support for organ donation, Christian is an outstanding student, Eagle Scout, and track and lacrosse participant.
His grandparents, Carol and George Johnson, live in Valhalla, NY. Christian and his grandparents are shown below.
- Joseph Panzarino - 2014 Scholarship Winner
Joseph Panzarino was a senior at Somers High School in 2014 when TSO awarded him its scholarship. Joseph was a member of the town fire squad and staged an accident in the parking lot where organ donation was discussed.
Joseph is in his second year at the Maritime College. He studies naval architecture and is doing his coursework for a bachelor of engineering. He sails every summer and is working toward his Engine License, allowing him to become an officer in the Merchant Marine.
- Brianna Barker – 2015 Scholarship Winner
Brianna Barker attended Washingtonville High School in Orange County. After graduating, Brianna went on to Penn State, where she is finishing up her first year. Brianna created a video that she submitted to TSO showing her story along with the story of her donor.
And from Veronica Barker, Brianna’s mother: “Brianna is doing wonderful!! She is a freshman at Penn State/University Park campus, majoring in immunology & infectious disease. She entered as a pre vet major but through her studies she has developed a passion for immunology as she's been able to apply her coursework to her life experience. Her immunology studies this year have enabled her to get an in depth understanding of anti rejection medicines and how a transplant affects a recipient's immune system, and she hopes to make a positive impact in this field in the future. We are all so grateful for organ donation which has made all of Brianna's accomplishments possible. Brianna will always be honored to have been selected as a TSO scholarship recipient, and will continue to strive to make TSO proud of her achievements.“
Here is the link to Youtube for the video that Brianna created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT5QoupTl3s
- The following are three videos of a multi religious panel hosted by TSO in the Fall 2014: