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NEW YORK (Mar 1, 2010)

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York Giants are teaming up to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation, a cause close to the heart of several members of the Giants organization. NewYork-Presbyterian has just been named a proud sponsor of the Giants.

NewYork-Presbyterian performs more organ transplants than any other hospital in the nation. With the help of the championship Giants franchise and their national audience, the Hospital aims to register 100,000 new organ donors. "As the nation's largest transplant center, we wanted to work with a premier team that shares our desire for being an advocate for organ donation," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "Our affiliation with the Giants will give us a national platform to talk about a proven way to save lives.

"The Giants franchise is a great hallmark of New York," says Dr. Pardes. "We look forward to working with this great organization to lift spirits and extend the gift of life."

"We are proud to be working with New York's top-ranked hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian, to rally around organ donation," says Michael Stevens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the New York Giants. "The New York Giants embody the possibilities of health, fitness and living life to its fullest. By increasing the awareness and importance of transplant organs, we can help our regional community to achieve this goal."

The new agreement between these organizations also brings benefits for patients and staff. In January, the Hospital welcomed Giants offensive lineman Rich Seubert and former Giants wide receiver Stephen Baker, who brought the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl XLII Trophy for photo opportunities with patients, families and staff.

Seubert and Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride know intimately the importance of organ donations. Seubert's grandmother, Celine Seubert, underwent a heart transplant in 1987. Several members of Gilbride's family have been afflicted with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), an incurable hereditary kidney disease that claimed the life of his father, Bernard, in 1972 at the age of 45. Three of his siblings have undergone kidney transplants.

"First and foremost, organ donation is important because it saves lives," Seubert says. "My grandmother received a heart transplant when I was 8 years old. Without her new heart, I never would have gotten to know my grandma. My grandma means the world to me. Now my children know their great-grandma.

"If it affected my life like that, I'm sure it has affected a lot more people's lives. Donating your organs to someone who needs them when you're no longer here, I think, is the greatest gift you can give back when you're gone. The things doctors can do now with organ donations are amazing. Nothing is better than saving a life. The more people we have who are organ donors, the better off we'll be."

"It's hard to put into words the importance and the value of people allowing their organs to be used for organ transplant," Gilbride says. "I know that without them, three of my brothers and sisters would not be alive. And had this been more prominent back in an earlier day, my father would have lived long enough to see us be married and my children be born. There is not an issue that is more important than organ donation. Any consideration people could give to getting involved in an organ transplant program is priceless."

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,353 beds. The Hospital has more than 1 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 220,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

New York Giants

A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. With seven championships, including a victory over the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII at the conclusion of the 2007 season, and with more than 600 victories, the Giants are considered one of sports' all-time great franchises. Headquartered at the TIMEX Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants enter their 86h season of play this fall.

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