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NJ Sharing Network works year-round to educate the public about the organ and tissue donation process and inspire people to choose to donate life. This section is your resource for fact sheets and backgrounders in providing information about organ and tissue donation or covering stories as a member of the media. Please direct all inquiries to Gary Imhoff, Manager, Marketing and Communications: (908) 516-5690.

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2020 Transplant Games of America - Meadowlands, NJ
8/8/2018

2020 Transplant Games

Congratulations to Team Liberty and all of the teams who came together in Salt Lake City to show the power of organ and tissue donation. Get ready New Jersey...the 2020 Transplant Games are coming to the Meadowlands! Comment if you are planning to attend and be sure to share this video that was shown at the 2018 closing ceremony!

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Inspirational book donation to Parsippany Library
8/4/2018

The Morris County Organ Transplant Group donated two copies of the book, “Surrender: What My Liver Transplant Taught Me About Control and Self Acceptance” to the Parsippany Library System. Jayne Beline, Library Director, accepted the books at the group’s August meeting. Written by Jessica Zampieri, the book is about hope and self acceptance and life lessons learned as the author underwent a lifesaving liver transplant at age 28.

The Morris County Organ Transplant Group is an official regional group of the NJ Sharing Network.

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Recent grad earns $5,000 scholarship for organ and tissue donation awareness efforts
8/2/2018

A 19-year-old Hillsborough High School graduate was one of two students in the state to earn a $5,000 scholarship for their efforts to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Zachary Roth recently received the Betsy Niles Scholarship from the NJ Sharing Network for having created the Donate Life Club at HHS.

Named after a children’s book editor and lifelong Montclair resident who donated her organs after she died in 2011, the Betsy Niles Scholarship is awarded to individuals who try to extol the virtues of becoming an organ and tissue donor.

“I’ll never forget the day my brother died and I’ll never forget the day I found a reason to live for him,” Roth said. “Starting the Donate Life Club – and seeing how far it has already grown – tells me that I am doing something concrete to honor my brother’s life and to help others.”

Read the full article at Central Jersey.com

NJ family hopes son’s story will inspire others to become organ donors
8/2/2018

EDISON - A New Jersey family is honoring their son's memory through their nonprofit organization Donors for Danny.

Ray and Karyn Glover lost their only son, Danny, six years ago in a car crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Glover was a wrestler at Bergenfield High School and was traveling to the funeral of a college teammate when he was killed.

The Glovers didn't want Danny's death to be in vain and had his organs donated. His organs saved six people, including his Little League coach, who needed a liver. Glover had become an organ donor when he was a kid because his mom needed a bone marrow transplant.

"Danny was able to give so many people life and enhance people's lives," Karyn says.

The Glovers formed Donors for Danny in order to help others and spread his legacy through fundraisers and scholarships. They say they hope Danny's story will inspire others to become donors.

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Four Jersey Shore residents appointed to Foundation Board of Trustees at NJ Sharing Network
7/31/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – NJ Sharing Network recently made strategic appointments to its Foundation Board of Trustees to further fulfill the organization’s mission of saving lives through organ and tissue donation. Dr. Patrick Buddle of Manasquan, Jane Buckiewicz of Brielle, Christopher Bautista of Spring Lake and Paul Jova of Brick join the Foundation Board of Trustees. All four of these individuals have a strong personal connection to NJ Sharing Network’s life-saving mission and have been active volunteers within the organization.

The Foundation Board of Trustees at NJ Sharing Network continues to create strategic initiatives to support the Foundation’s mission of increasing the number of lives saved through innovative transplant research, family support, public awareness and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. It is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from both private and public sectors, many of whom have been touched by donation and transplantation.

Read the full article at Central Jersey.com

Dept. of Health Commissioner on NJ’s top healthcare issues
7/30/2018

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Caldwell Resident Starts Kidney Donation Chain
7/30/2018

Donor kick-starts 23 life-saving transplants

Caldwell - A local man has begun a chain of charity donations at ASaint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, motivating more than 40 altruistic donors seeking to give a part of themselves to help save another.

Caldwell resident Brian Glennon has kick-started the chain in October of 2017, when he decided to donate one of his kidneys.

Glennon said he was inspired by meeting other donors through the New Jersey Sharing Network, a nonprofit dedicated to the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a lifesaving transplant.

 

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Organ recipient meets family of West Orange donor
7/26/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — West Orange resident Randall Giles' three young sons took turns listening closely as their father’s lungs took in air and then expelled it. The youngest boy’s face lit up at the sound flooding his ears via a stethoscope earlier this month—because it was the first time since Aug. 12, 2012 that the Giles brothers heard their father breathe.

Randall died suddenly on Aug. 12, 2012 due to an aneurysm at the age of 43. He was a registered organ donor and in his death was able to save the life of a stranger who needed two lungs in order to survive a harrowing illness, according to the New Jersey Sharing Network. It was through that man’s body that the Giles boys heard a part of their father live on.

Very shortly after Randall’s untimely death, Mike Callahan, 59, received both of the man’s lungs. Callahan sat patiently as his donor's sons and other family members held a stethoscope to his back to listen to the simple sound.

 

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Newton resident Sandy Erwin appointed to NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board of Trustees
7/25/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – NJ Sharing Network recently made strategic appointments to its Foundation Board of Trustees to further fulfill the organization’s mission of saving lives through organ and tissue donation. Sandy Erwin now joins the Foundation Board of Trustees. Erwin, now retired, served as the Assistant Director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation and continues to volunteer with the organization to share the message of donation.

The Foundation Board of Trustees at NJ Sharing Network continues to create strategic initiatives to support the Foundation’s mission of increasing the number of lives saved through innovative transplant research, family support, public awareness and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. It is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from both private and public sectors, many of whom have been touched by donation and transplantation.

Erwin has had a long, successful career in the nonprofit sector. She began with Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. in Newton and the County of Sussex as the Program Development Specialist. She then transitioned to the United Way of Greater Union County where she served in various positions over 15 years including Director of Allocations and Agency Relations, Director of Community Impact and Chief Operating Officer.

 

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After a tragedy, united in life
7/23/2018

Exavier Giles was just an infant when his father, Dr. Randall “Randy” Giles, died of a brain aneurysm in 2012. This week, they reconnected—when Exavier, now 6, placed a stethoscope between the shoulders of a stranger, and listened to the breaths of the lungs that once belonged to his father.
The miraculous reunion occurred Monday afternoon at the New Providence headquarters of the Sharing Network, a federally recognized nonprofit organization that recovers organs and tissues for transplantation.
At the reunion, the Giles family met for the first time Mike Callahan and his family. Callahan, a retired equity trader, had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic and irreversible lung disease, at the age of 50. To keep him alive, doctors gave him two new lungs—both from Randy Giles.
In all, Giles’s donated organs helped save five lives; his tissue—or skin—donation helped save 50 others.
During the emotional reunion, Exavier Giles’s two older brothers, Elijah, 8, and Ethan, 11, also had the opportunity to listen to their father’s lungs inside Callahan’s chest.
“[To] have the boys see and meet someone who’s living and breathing because of him, it means everything,” said Eran Giles, the widow of Randy Giles.
Accompanying Eran and her three boys were Randy’s father, retired Superior Court Judge F. Michael Giles, and Randy’s mother, Grace, as well as three of their nieces.
At the time of his son’s death, Judge Giles already was on the board of the Sharing Network. Randy Giles had been a trauma surgeon so the family was familiar with the role of the Sharing Network. Father and son had signed up together as organ donors.


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Gift of Life | Recipient meets donor family
7/23/2018

The family and friends of Dr. Randall Marc Giles had the opportunity to meet the recipient of his lungs, Mike Callahan, after six years.

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Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down
7/21/2018

Lung donor's family breathes easier 

Exavier Giles, 6, placed a stethoscope between Michael Callahan's shoulders and listened closely as air filled and left Callahan's lungs.

Callahan is able to breathe because Giles' father, the late Dr. Randall Giles, was an organ donor. When Giles died after a sudden cerebral hemorrhage in August 2012, Callahan, who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease, was the recipient of his lungs.

On Monday afternoon, Callahan met Randall Giles' surviving family. Exavier Giles' brothers, Ethan, 11, and Elijah, 8, also took turns listening to Callahan breathe, as staff writer Philip DeVencentis reported. They were accompanied by their grandparents and their mother, Dr. Eran Muto-Giles.

 

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The family and friends of Dr. Randall Marc Giles had the opportunity to meet the recipient of his lungs, Mike Callahan, after six years. They later gathered in our Landscape of Life Meditation Garden for the unveiling of a plaque dedicated in Randy’s memo
7/20/2018

The family and friends of Dr. Randall Marc Giles had the opportunity to meet the recipient of his lungs, Mike Callahan, after six years. They later gathered in our Landscape of Life Meditation Garden for the unveiling of a plaque dedicated in Randy’s memory. To learn more about our Landscape of Life Meditation Garden,

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Lung transplant allows boys to hear their late father breathe once again
7/17/2018

Michael Callahan removed his sharply pressed blazer and took deep breaths as he sat upright on the edge of a leather sofa. 
As he inhaled and exhaled, a 6-year-old boy placed a stethoscope between his shoulder blades and listened very closely for the sounds of air flowing in and out of the lungs that once belonged to his father.
Just a baby when his father died, Exavier doesn't remember him, but smiled when he listened to his lungs as they worked in the body of a man he had never met before. 
Exavier's brothers Ethan, 11 and Elijah, 8, also took turns listening.
As they pulled the stethoscope's tubes from their ears, they said little. They also smiled and giggled before retreating to their mother's side. The boys wore matching yellow T-shirts with a photo of their late father on the front.

 

 

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A very touching New Jersey story
7/16/2018

 

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Montclair resident takes first place for 7th year at NJ Sharing Network’s Annual 5K 
7/13/2018

Ali Niles, a Montclair resident, participated in the NJ Sharing Network’s Annual 5K Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 3rd in New Providence. Niles was the first female overall to finish and it was her seventh year as the female winner of the USATF Certified Race. Niles finished with her best time yet of 17:52
The 5K Celebration of Life brings together thousands of walkers, runners and volunteers to honor those who gave the gift of organ or tissue, pay tribute to those who have a received a transplant, offer hope to those waiting for a transplant and remember those who passed away while waiting for the gift of life.

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NJ Sharing Network awards $5,000 scholarship to Hillsborough student
7/13/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Two recent New Jersey high school graduates with a passion for raising awareness of organ and tissue donation have been awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year by the NJ Sharing Network.

Zachary Roth, 19, a Hillsborough High School graduate received the Betsy Niles Scholarship. It is offered in memory of Betsy Niles, a children's book editor and lifelong resident of Montclair, NJ. She died in 2011 and, in keeping with her tradition of giving, her organs were donated.

Paige LeBlanc, 18, a North Burlington High School graduate from Columbus, was awarded Missy’s Miracle Scholarship, which was created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Missy Rodriguez’s liver transplant. Missy was 10 years old when she had her liver transplant and wants people to understand that children are also affected by organ and tissue donation.

Read the full article at TAPinto Hillsborough

NJ Sharing Network Recipient Honors Donor in Wedding
7/5/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Michael Strusiak, a kidney and pancreas recipient, has never forgotten his donor, Kristen Theresa O'Hara, who passed away almost 11 years ago.
In her honor, Strusiak and his bride, Lisa, chose to exchange vows at NJ Sharing Network's Landscape of Life Meditation Garden, where love and hope are celebrated and all those who gave the gift of life are remembered.
Guests made contributions to the Foundation and in recognition of those gifts, a butterfly will be added to the organization's Landscape of Life Wall in O'Hara's name. Her parents were in attendance for the ceremony that included a special stone dedication and a Wrapped in Love shawl presentation.
NJ Sharing Network board, staff, volunteers and Team Liberty members, along with friends and family, came together to promote organ donation and celebrate the many things transplantation can make possible.

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Bridgewater family takes part in 5K to promote organ donation
7/4/2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Almost 20 years ago, 12-year-old Bridgewater resident Tim Flavin walked to a friend’s house to borrow hockey equipment – but he never returned home.
Flavin was hit by a car crossing the street at Finderne Avenue and died from his injuries.
From one family’s incredible loss came a gift when they donated his corneas and heart valves to give others a better life.
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And now, Flavin’s mother, Patricia, and the rest of the family participate in the annual 5K Celebration of Life, sponsored by the New Jersey Sharing Network, in New Providence, to advocate for the importance of organ donation.
Patricia Flavin, who said she has always listed herself as an organ donor, said donating her son’s organs wasn’t at the forefront of her mind on that day in 1999.
“But my husband brought it up to the doctors and nurses, we weren’t approached,” she said. “I was on board immediately, I thought it was a great idea.”
“Considering the situation we were in because it was a sudden tragic accident, it was one good thing that came out of a really bad situation,” she added.

In 2013, Flavin said, her friend invited her to run a 5K, which she did, and then she heard about the NJ Sharing Network and the 5K they hold every year.

 

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Steve Adubato and NJ Sharing Network VP discuss the Transplant Games coming to NJ
7/3/2018

 

 

 

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Peter DeSarno Receives NJCPA Volunteer Award; Recognized for Work with NJ Sharing Network
6/25/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Peter DeSarno, of New Providence, was recently among recipients of a "NJCPA Volunteer Award" by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants at their annual statewide convention in Atlantic city. 
A release by the NJCPA said, "Peter is the very definition of what 'giving back' is all about. -- Today, after a 20 plus year career in public and corporate accounting, Peter works as the controller for the NJ Sharing Network. He continues to help spread the important lifesaving message of organ and tissue donation by helping to sign up donors, staff information tables or tell his inspirational story to students."
"Volunteerism and giving back is something I feel very strongly about as I am always mindful and appreciative of the gift of sight that I received from my two cornea donors," said DeSarno.

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23 Lives and Counting: NJ residents paying it forward with organ donations
6/24/2018

LIVINGSTON — It's an enormous sacrifice to give up a healthy organ, especially when you don't know of anybody in need.
The incredibly kind gesture of Caldwell resident Brian Glennon, made less than a year ago, has resulted in a record-breaking, life-saving transplant chain.
"I decided to donate because I kind of reflected on my life and realized one thing I was missing was giving back," Glennon said.
In October 2017, at the age of 46, Glennon donated a kidney that wound up being a match for Hayley Tsai, who had been dealing with serious health complications related to lupus.
Tsai's daughter, Jocelyn, wanted to donate her own kidney but she wasn't a match. When Glennon's donation was received, Jocelyn decided to pay it forward and go through with the donation anyway, willing to also help a stranger in need.
And so the chain began.

 

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Spurred by Caldwell dad, Saint Barnabas sees rise in number of altruistic kidney donors
6/23/2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The act of donating a kidney is usually one associated with providing life-saving help to someone in need who is a family member or a close friend, but the altruistic actions of Caldwell resident Brian Glennon has launched a new trend in organ donors.
Last October 2017, the 46-year-old father of four donated his kidney to a patient in need at the program at The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Glennon's actions were motivated not by knowing someone personally who needed a kidney, but by a desire to help others.
Glennon's participation in kidney-paired donation helped generate more interest and participation in one of the largest living kidney donor transplant chains in the United States. His kidney donation already has facilitated a chain of donor transplant surgeries of 23 patients living with kidney failure—saving their lives.

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Grateful transplant recipient from Paterson makes heartfelt connection with donor’s mother
6/23/2018

That was three years ago. After waiting four months for a new heart at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Williams got the one he needed on June 8, 2015. The next day, he also received a kidney transplant from the same organ donor.

This year, just days before the anniversary of his transplant, Williams was able to meet the mother and twin sister of Victor Startek, the man whose unexpected death from a severe asthma attack provided the heart and kidney that have allowed Williams to resume his life.

 

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New Providence Independence Day Celebration set for July 3
6/22/2018

 

The fireworks were made possible by the very generous donation from the celebration event sponsor, Investors Bank. The event is also sponsored by Accent Printing Solutions, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Colonial Appliance, Hair Salon Body & Soul, Kapuscinski Luongo Architects, Martial Arts for Life, NJ Sharing Network, NP Downtown Improvement District, Souren Communications (sponsoring Club Souren DJ), Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and New Providence Business, which sponsors the Summer Concerts, Street Fair, Downtown Trick or Treating and Scarecrow Stroll, the Holiday Festival, and other community events.

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NJ Sharing Network’s Alyssa D’Addio promoted to Director of Hospital and Community Services
6/20/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After starting her career at NJ Sharing Network as an intern in 2010, Alyssa D’Addio was recently promoted to Director of Hospital and Community Services. Following her internship, D’Addio filled various roles before serving as Assistant Director of Philanthropy and Foundation Programs. Her main role was managing the Foundation’s day-to-day activities and supporting programs that raise philanthropic money for education, awareness, research and donor family support.
In her new role, D’Addio will oversee the department, focusing on a number of programs and initiatives to deliver the best care and service to the donation community, including hospital development, funeral homes, medical examiners, family services and community and public education. She will concentrate on cultivating and continuing relationships with those that play a vital role in the donation process.
“My connection with NJ Sharing Network began following my dad's passing in 2009.  His organs saved two lives and his tissue enhanced the lives of more than 70 others. I immediately felt like I was meant to be a part of this organization. The mission, the people and the impact...that is what keeps me motivated every single day," D'Addio said. "It's an honor to be part of NJ Sharing Network's team and work alongside those who share the same passion and devotion to making a difference. I'm grateful for the opportunity to grow and broaden the scope of my role here."

 

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Clark’s ALJ HS Scrub Club hosts 2nd Annual Organ Donation Awareness Day
6/15/2018

CLARK, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson Scrub Club, a pre-med class held an assembly in collaboration with the NJ Sharing Network for all high school students recently in recognition of their second annual Organ Donation Awareness Day. Several speakers explained the importance of organ donation.
The club’s advisor, Bernadette Jacobi, began the assembly by thanking the speakers and commending the club for organizing the event.  The Scrub Club dedicated this event in memory of Caitlin Nelson, a 2014 ALJ graduate whose life was cut short last April in an accident. Other speakers included ALJ student Kayla Dias and Brooke Hartrum from the NJ Sharing Network.
Anne Nelson, Clark resident, spoke about the importance of organ donation by sharing her sister Caitlin’s story.  Described as the ultimate act of kindness, Caitlin donated her organs to help others. One of those people was Sonia Carlin, a recipient of Caitlin's lung, who spoke about the gratitude she felt towards Caitlin referring to her as “her angel.” Caitlin’s mom, Rosanne Nelson, and Cait’s best friend, Jackie Stankwich, were also in attendance to show their support. 

 

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Ryan Martynowicz of Florham Park honored with the Nancy & Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Award
6/12/2018

Ryan Martynowicz of Florham Park, NJ was presented with a Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW/Essex Volunteer Award, bestowed to select graduating high school seniors from Essex County who have shown a commitment and dedication to making life better for others locally or globally.


Martynowicz, a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School believes, “If people ind a connection to a cause they will be more committed to giving back.” This has led him to several opportunities to give back to his community. His love for swim sparked an interest in starting a swim goggle drive for disabled children where he collected over 1000 swim caps and goggles to benefit Holy Childhood in Rochester, NY, which helps intellectually and developmentally disabled students. Additionally, Martynowicz brought awareness to his fellow classmates about organ donation due to a close family friend’s health situation, and he organized an annual lecture devoted to concussion awareness after he suffered a concussion from swimming.
Winners of the Nancy and Robert Eskow Volunteer Award reflect the mission and values of NCJW/Essex through their commitment and dedication to community service projects and advocacy experience during their high school careers. In recognition of his exemplary contribution, Martynowicz received a $500 scholarship and an award certificate from NCJW/Essex.

 

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Thousands celebrate gift of life at NJ Sharing Network 5K
6/11/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The NJ Sharing Network is on target to reach their goal of raising $1,250,000 from the Long Branch and New Providence 8th annual Gift of Life 5K. Donor families, transplant recipients, living donors, those waiting for a transplant, volunteers, elected officials and hospital and corporate sponsors participated in the run and walk. 
It was a photo finish between Zachary Falijean and Nicholas Martello for first and second place in 17:01.85 and 17:01.92, respectively. Tim Burns placed third in 17:18.72; Raymond Peterson placed fourth in 17:29.87. The first female to cross the finish line was Alexandra Niles in 17:52.00 [fifth overall]. Click here for complete list of results. 
As the 10,000 participants lined up under the cloudy skies on Sunday, June 3, the sun peaked out for a brief moment during the New Jersey Youth Chorus' singing of the national anthem. NJ Sharing Network Foundation Executive Director Elisse Glennon told the crowd to believe this was a sign from the donors we have lost.

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NJ hospital breaks record for largest living donor transplant chain
6/11/2018

LIVINGSTON -An Essex County hospital has broken the record for the largest living donor transplant chain for a single hospital in the country. 

Saint Barnabas Medical Center celebrated its largest kidney transplant chain ever with an event at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange Monday. Recipients met their donors for the first time.
The chain started with one donor who helped save the lives of over a dozen people by triggering a 15-way kidney swap. That chain has now grown to 46 people and it keeps expanding.
“The recovery time is just a little blip in my life compared to the lifestyle that my recipient is going to have,” says donor Brian Glennon. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Glennon says that he was inspired to donate a kidney by the idea of setting up a chain of transplants between people who were not related.
Marlboro Haley Tsai says that she needed a healthy kidney to survive. She says that her daughter Jocelyn was prepared to donate her organ, but that they were not a match. Once Tsai signed up for the transplant program, she says that her daughter decided to give her healthy kidney to a stranger.
“The idea of helping somebody else was really appealing to me too,” Jocelyn says. “Just made me feel I have a sense of purpose."

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NJ kidney transplant chain saves dozens of lives
6/11/2018

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — It began with one person – an “altruistic donor,” who became the catalyst that triggered a kidney transplant chain that has saved dozens of lives since last October.
Monday evening, donors and recipients got together in one room and with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, celebrated what is now the largest kidney transplant chain at one hospital in the nation.
“I had a lot of people want to donate but kept missing, this program gave me life,” Ted Grabowski said.
When hypertension caused Grabowski’s kidneys to fail, his niece, Lauren Mortenson, offered to donate one of hers but their hopes were crushed when tests determined she wasn’t a match.
That’s when they entered the living donation kidney exchange program at Saint Barnabas.
“It’s amazing because you go out to help one person and this program shows you can help more people just by doing the same thing,” Mortenson said.

 

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Meet members of a kidney transplant chain 46 people long (and counting)
6/11/2018

Kidney transplant chains enable willing donors to give kidneys to strangers as long as they’re a good match. Now Megyn Kelly welcomes some of the many members of a transplant chain that’s 46 donors long, and still growing. Watch as kidney recipients meet the donors who gave them a new lease on life for the first time.


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2020 Transplant Games – One on One with Steve Adubato
6/5/2018

 

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Cedar Grove runner places 1 at organ donation awareness 5K
6/4/2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A Cedar Grove athlete was the first runner to cross the finish line during the recent NJ Sharing Network's Annual 5K Celebration of Life in Long Branch, helping to raise awareness and recognition for organ donation in the Garden State.
Kristen Zosche of Cedar Grove was among thousands of walkers, runners and volunteers recently came together to honor those who gave the gift of organ or tissue, pay tribute to those who have a received a transplant, offer hope to those waiting for a transplant and remember those who passed away while waiting for the gift of life.
According to the NJ Sharing Network, Zosche was the first place overall female finisher in the USATF-certified race, which was held on May 20.

 

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Mother of organ donor takes up cause in 5K
6/3/2018

CRANFORD, NJ — As soon as Cynthia Kudron received a call from her fiance saying that paramedics were at her house in Cranford, she knew that her 25-year-old son, Christian Breskin, was gone.
“As I drove up my street, it was just very overwhelming to see fire trucks here, EMS, police,” Kudron recalled of Aug. 17, 2017. “It was like, ‘oh my gosh what is going on?’ I just didn’t understand it.”
Breskin had been found unconscious by his younger sister in his bedroom, after he overdosed on an unprescribed opioid, his mother told LocalSource. He spent five days on life support at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway before he died Aug. 22, 2017.Despite Breskin’s death parts of him still live on since he was an organ donor. His heart, kidneys, corneas, liver, tissue and some bones have been donated, some to recipients as far as California, Kudron said.
Kudron is participating in NJ Sharing Network’s 5K Run/Walk in New Providence on Sunday, June 3, to raise awareness for the nonprofit that helped place her son’s donated organs with people in need.
“They continue staying there with you,” Kudron said of the NJ Sharing Network’s team. “Somebody passes away and then you’re left alone. But they’re there.”


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2 families tied together by one heart meet for the first time
6/3/2018

Vernell Williams doesn't look anything like the two petite blonde women he met for the first time Sunday morning, but they insist they're all family now. 
That's because the heart which now beats in Williams's chest once belonged to their son and brother, Victor "Michael" Startek, who they lost too suddenly and too soon. 
"Does this make us twins?" asked Ashley Startek, Michael's twin sister who lives in New York, laughing as she hugged Williams, standing on her tiptoes to do so. 
It was the first time she and her mother, Deborah Martinez, felt Michael's heartbeat since he suffered a severe asthma attack and died three years ago at the age of 27. 
"You're like my silver lining in what was a very dark cloud," Michael's mother told Williams. "I'm watching you," she joked.  

 

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Mother listens to son’s heart beating in man whose life he saved
6/3/2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD — A beating heart determines the difference between life and death, and nearly three years ago, Vernell Williams' time was running out. It was his second time being fitted for a heart. His own heart was too weak and badly damaged to survive off an LVAD-A device typically used to help a weakened heart pump blood. A heart transplant was his only option along with a kidney transplant.
Victor Startek, who was 27-years-old at the time, passed away tragically on Iune 7, 2015. Vernell received Victor's heart and his left kidney, saving his life.
Just four days shy of the third anniversary of Startek's death, his and Vernell's family today met for the first time Sunday.
"Having lost my son suddenly, it was his wish to do this donation and I truly believe in my heart that he chose Vernell," Debra Martinez, Victor Startek's mother said.
Vernell and his family all wore chef hats in memory of Startek who was known for his humor and delicious meals. His mother, Debra, and twin sister, Ashley, got the chance to listen to his beating heart.

 

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Photos from Our 5K Celebration of Life in New Providence. It was a beautiful day to honor, to remember and to give hope.
6/1/2018

 

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Cranford mom celebrates life after son’s tragic death through 5K
5/31/2018

CRANFORD, NJ — Cynthia Kudron lost her son, Christian Breskin, to a drug overdose at age 25 last year yet he is still living on in others as he was an organ donor.
Kudron, administrator for the New Jersey State PBA in Woodbridge and resident of Cranford, will celebrate his life and bring awareness to the importance of donating organs by participating in NJ Sharing Network's 5K Celebration of Life in New Providence on Sunday.
It was Aug. 17, 2017 when Kudron was driving back from her shore home in Belmar when she got a phone call from her fiance telling her to come home to Cranford now.
"I knew what it was before he even told me," Kudron said. Breskin had been battling drugs over the past few years.
Kudron's youngest daughter Gina came home from volleyball practice and called out to Breskin to see if he fed the family's pets. When he didn't answer, she knocked on his bedroom door. When he didn't answer she went inside to find him unconscious on the bed.


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2020 Donate Life Transplant Games coming to the Meadowlands
5/31/2018

There are 115,000 people nationwide currently awaiting a life-saving organ transplant – 4,000 of them are New Jersey residents. 

According to Elisse Glennon, vice president and chief administrative officer, executive director, NJ Sharing Network Foundation, the need for donors is further exaggerated because less than one percent of deaths of potential donors result in the viability for organ donation. 
“The truth is that when most people die, they die of a cardiac death, and all of their organs shut down immediately. When this happens, their organs are not transplantable,” Glennon says. “In order to be an organ donor, you need to be on a ventilator in a hospital [when you pass away]. … Our chances of saving the people on the transplant list are very slim.”
So, while there are more than 2.5 million registered organ and tissue donors in New Jersey alone, there is still a need for more. Along with working closely with hospitals and transplant centers, the NJ Sharing Network also tirelessly works to increase awareness and educate people about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Part of this work has aided in getting the Donate Life Transplant Games of America to take place in New Jersey in 2020.
The Transplant Games are a biennial Olympic-style festival that’s purpose has shifted over the years. Originally meant to show how one could live a normal and fulfilling life after receiving a transplant, the games have expanded to also include donor families, tissue recipients and living donors.

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Our 5K Celebration of Life in Long Branch was a beautiful day to honor, to remember and to give hope. You can see all of photos from the day on our Facebook page and we hope to see everyone again on Sunday, June 3 in New Providence.
5/21/2018

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Toms River boy who died had organ donor message and sister shares it with the world | Toms River boy’s legacy: Promoting the gift of life
5/18/2018

BRICK - Robert Linton wasn't able to donate his organs; his 11-year-old body was too damaged from being struck by a car on his birthday.
But his sister Christine knows that he would have donated if he could. 
That is why this 33-year-old Brick mom will walk Sunday in her brother's memory, along with about 50 other friends, in the 5K Celebration of Life in Long Branch. The event raises money for organ donations across the Garden State.
"Robert was the best kid in the world, a genuinely amazing person," Christine Linton said. "I strived to be like him." See Christine remember her brother in the video above.
Shortly before Robert Linton died, the boy regarded his mother's drivers license, his sister recalled.
"He saw that it said organ donor on there so he asked her about it," Christine Linton recalled. "She told him, 'If anything were to happen to me, I'd want them to donate my organs if possible.'"

 

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NJ Sharing Network recognized as one of New Jersey’s “Best Places to Work” – TAP into Springfield
5/13/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – NJ Sharing Network was selected by NJBIZ as one of the top 25 Best Places to Work in New Jersey.
NJ Sharing Network is the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state. The Best Places to Work in New Jersey awards program recognizes and honors the state’s top employers who show a dedication to their employees’ professional growth and quality of life.
A range of positives including employee benefits, work-life balance, salary and culture are just a few ways 2018's Best Places to Work in New Jersey honorees have set themselves apart. Best Places to Work companies are determined through the completion of a Best Places to Work questionnaire as well as an employee survey from Best Companies Group, sister company of NJBIZ. NJ Sharing Network was among 100 small, medium and large-sized companies who were recognized.
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“It is truly an honor to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey. Our staff, volunteers, and most importantly, the donor families and transplant recipients who visit us and share their stories, make our headquarters feel like home,” said Joe Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “As an organ procurement organization, the responsibilities can be emotionally and physically taxing. Our staff, inspired by our mission, always rises to the occasion and we do everything we can to ensure their well-being.”
Christy Sambolin, RN CPTC, Manager of Clinical Donation Services at NJ Sharing Network affirmed this recognition. "I have been working at NJ Sharing Network for 11 years and I can't imagine being anywhere else,” she said. “I am so proud to be a part of our mission and to know that the work we do is saving lives and helping families heal."

 

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Successful heart transplant roundtable held in Parsippany
5/3/2018

PARSIPPANY — The Morris County Organ Transplant Group hosted a discussion on heart disease and transplantation during their May monthly meeting.
George “Sage” Mitchell, Betty Fanelli, John Parks, Paul Vico and Josephine Riley shared their unique journey leading up to a heart transplant.
Dr. Marc Goldschmidt, Medical Director of the Heart Success Program and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs at Atlantic Health Services, shared his perspective on heart failure treatments and advancements in mechanical pumps (VADS).The transplant group is sponsored by the NJ Sharing Network.  The group is open to anyone who has had an organ or tissue transplant, has donated, is waitlisted as well as their family.  To learn more about the Morris County group Nick at (973) 984-6966 or e-mail mcorgantransplantgroup@gmail.com.For more information on the NJ Sharing Network and their upcoming 5K Run/Walks on May 20 in Long Branch and June 3 in New Providence call (908) 516-5400 or click here for their website.

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Palisades Medical Center celebrates Blue & Green Day
5/3/2018

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center celebrated "Blue & Green Day" on its campus to encourage organ and tissue donation and honor those who have given the gift of life. Team members and volunteers showed off their "blue and green" spirit and volunteers staffed donor registration tables throughout the day.
Currently, there are 117,000 people on the national organ transplant waiting list. Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. In-person organ donor registration is available at local Motor Vehicle Commission agencies.

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2019 Donate Life Rose Parade Float to celebrate “The Melody of Life” with special theme inspired by the music and traditions of African cultures
5/2/2018

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of Donate Life Month’s celebrations, this past weekend OneLegacy unveiled the Donate Life Rose Parade® float’s design in front of over 12,000 cheering participants, who attended the 16th Annual Donate Life Run/Walk in Southern California. The float will be part of the 2019 Tournament of Roses parade that will take place in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day.

The theme for the 130th Rose Parade is “The Melody of Life,” which celebrates music (the universal language). Two-time organ recipient and the Tournament of Roses’ first African-American President Gerald Freeny envisioned the parade’s theme. “Music has the power to not only bring us together but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can,” said Freeny. “Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives.”

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The Many License Plates of NJ
5/1/2018

Organ Donor plates: This license plate benefits the Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Education Fund, which educates the public about becoming an organ donor.

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Edison man’s organ and tissue donation has helped countless people
5/1/2018

EDISON — In April 2015, Jonathan Baksh waited in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew his driver’s license.
On the form he checked the box to become an organ donor.
“He told me ‘Mom, I want to be like you’,” Sally Yabra recalled her son telling her as she stood in line with him.
Yabra even snapped a photo of her son smiling with his new driver’s license.
Baksh, a 2013 Edison High School graduate, was just 19 years old when he tragically lost his life while swimming with friends at Martins Creek quarry in Lower Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, in August 2015.
Since then, his organs and tissues have helped countless people.
“Jon is here changing lives,” Yabra said. “He always had a forward-thinking mind, selfless, always thought of others, not himself.”
April marked Donate Life Month and MTF Biologics celebrated with a series of events to encourage organ and tissue donation and honor those who have given the gift of life.
MTF Biologics, which is headquartered in Edison, is the world’s largest tissue bank. Donate Life Month is about encouraging people to register not only as organ donors, but as tissue donors as well.
One tissue donor can save and heal the lives of as many as 100 people through turning donated skin, bones, tendons and fat into allografts used in a multitude of life-changing procedures, including post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, sports medicine, wound/burn healing, and orthopedic procedures.

 

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NJ Sharing Network holding 5K to help save lives | NJ Sharing Network 5K Celebration of Life
5/1/2018

The New Jersey Sharing Network is holding their 2nd annual 5K run as they continue raising awareness and providing education on the importance of being an organ donor.
Organization President Joe Roth says the event also serves as a critical fundraiser with the money going toward their foundation.
"We sponsor research into the science of donation and transplantation, we provide support to families in need waiting for a transplant and we also provide support to families who have received organs," Roth said.
He says they help people in need of a new organ get to the services they need.
"We provide the organs and the organs are allocated based on the national policy for allocation," Roth said. "The local centers are the ones that actually listing the patients and getting them ready for a transplant."

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Parsippany wraps up Donate Life Month with a cup of coffee
4/26/2018

PARSIPPANY — Members of the Morris County Organ Transplant Group stopped by Bagel City Grille to thank them for participating in NJ Sharing Network’s SaveNJLives campaign. The shop distributed special coffee sleeves promoting organ donation this April.
Bagel City Grille is located at 998 Tabor Road.
The new initiative for NJ Sharing Network, SaveNJlives, lists the number of waitlisted patients by community. There are currently 13 Parsippany residents awaiting organ transplants and approximately 4,000 in New Jersey.
Registering as an organ and tissue donor is easy at a local Motor Vehicle Agency or click here.
The Transplant Group meets the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the Parsippany Police Complex. The next meeting is on Wednesday, May 2 with a special “Heart Transplant Roundtable” featuring local heart recipients and Dr. Marc Goldschmidt, Medical Director of the Heart Success Program and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs at Morristown Medical Center.

 

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Saint Barnabas Medical Center celebrates National Donate Life Month
4/26/2018

 

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Throughout the month of April, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) partners with the New Jersey Sharing Network (NJSN) during Donate Life Month to raise awareness about the critical shortage of organs and tissue for transplantation. Together, the organizations encourage everyone to register as an organ and tissue donor and to talk about it with their friends and family. 
In support, SBMC held its annual Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony on April 16, where those who have given the gift of organ and tissue, have received a life-saving transplant and are currently waiting for a transplant were honored.
According to SBMC, one organ donor can save eight lives and restore health to more than 75 individuals through corneas, bone grafts, skin grafts and other soft tissue. One of the most important lifesaving decisions a person can make is to become a registered donor.

 

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National Donate Life Month honored locally
4/25/2018

SUSSEX COUNTY — Imagine helping someone see or breathe again on their own, or helping someone get a new heart so his or her life could go on? Imagine being the reason someone comes back from the brink of death with a liver transplant? These are the gifts of life and it's what the NJ Sharing Network is all about: linking up organ and tissue donors with those badly in need to survive. April is Donate Life Month, and many events around the area have been spreading the message of donation awareness. 
National Donate Life Month was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, National Donate Life Month features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
“For Donate Life Month, The NJ Sharing Network launched a Save NJ Lives Campaign,” said Kelly Bonventre, NJ Sharing Network's manager of Philanthropy and Foundation Programs. “#SaveNJLives is an initiative designed to help share the message about organ and tissue donation and transplantation throughout the state of NJ. During the month of April over 135 participating pizzerias, coffee shops, diners, delis and bagel shops across New Jersey will be distributing custom designed pizza boxes and coffee sleeves displaying the number of people in the local area currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. The boxes and sleeves include a call to action to visit www.savenjlives.com, where visitors can learn how many people in their town are waiting for a transplant and ways that they can help.”

 

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Raising awareness and the flag, Hackensack Meridian Health and NJ Sharing Network honor Donate Life Month
4/23/2018

HOLMDEL & RED BANK, NJ:  If you pass by Hackensack Meridian Health's Bayshore Medical Center or Riverview Medical Center this month after sunset you will notice they are illuminated with blue and green spot lighting. The blue and green represent  National Donate Life Month, a celebration in support of life saving organ and tissue donation. This Hackensack Meridian Health initiative is in partnership with NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life saving transplant. According to NJ Sharing Network, there is an extreme need for registered donors; nearly 4,000 NJ residents are currently awaiting transplantation, and across the country there are nearly 115,000 Americans on the waiting list.  NJ Sharing offers an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to celebrate those who have saved and improved the lives of others through the gift of donation.
On April 13, designated as the date for NJ Sharing Network's "Show Us Your Donate Life Colors," Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center administration and staff showed support for the cause by wearing blue and green, the official colors of organ donation awareness.  Also, both hospitals held a special flag raising ceremony to honor all the donors and their families who selflessly made the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. The flags were signed by many members of the hospital administration and staff to display their support of National Donate Life. "Just one organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and restore health to over 75 others," according to NJ Sharing Network. 


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Raritan Bay supports Donate Life
4/23/2018

April is National Donate Life Month. This observance honors those who have given the gift of organ and tissue, those who have received a lifesaving transplant, and those waiting for a transplant. Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center works closely with the NJ Sharing Network to increase awareness of lifesaving organ and tissue donation. NJ Sharing Network is a nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a lifesaving transplant. Raritan Bay-Old Bridge and Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy are flying the NJ Sharing Network flag this month to support donate life month and the NJ Sharing Network. Register as an organ and tissue donor at www.njsharingnetwork.org. 

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Congratulations to Joe Roth on his 20th anniversary as President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network!
4/20/2018

NJ Sharing NetworkApril 20 · Congratulations to Joe Roth on his 20th anniversary as President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network! For two decades, Joe has inspired those around him and grown NJ Sharing Network into the successful, life-saving organization it is today. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do, Joe!


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There’s still time to sponsor the 20th Annual Nutley Chamber of Commerce 5K and Fun Run
4/19/2018

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NJ Sharing Network hosts MRC Monthly Networking Meeting
4/19/2018

NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant, hosted the Meadowlands Regional Chamber’s Monthly Networking Meeting today, April 19. Meeting guests were educated on the mission of the NJ Sharing Network and then heard from a heart and lung transplant recipient who now works at the organization. The guests were also informed of NJ Sharing Network working with the Meadowlands Liberty Convention Visitors Bureau to secure a bid to host the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games.
Following the meeting, NJ Sharing Network offered tours of the 45,000 sq. ft. facility, which includes a state of the art transplant laboratory, a call center that handles 35,000 calls per year and a meditation garden that celebrates transplant recipients and honors those who gave the gift of life.
Meadowlands Regional Chamber member Video Marketing Group/360SiteVisit.com was announced as the Member of the Month, with the award being accepted by Greg & Keri Riccardi.
The meeting was sponsored by Meadowlands Regional Chamber members Prestige Employee Administrators and Felician University.

 

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Liver donation saved Red Bank mom’s life, led to her nursing career
4/19/2018

Denise Ely was hallucinating. That can happen in end-stage liver disease. She was a 42-year-old single mom facing death, and the world seemed to be crashing down.
“There were times when I didn’t know where I was,” she said. “At one point I lost my driver’s license because I was driving the wrong way on the Garden State Parkway.”
Ely grew up in a Howell foster home. She worried about what might happen to her boys, then ages 12 and 8, if she couldn’t get a transplant for the genetic autoimmune condition that had eaten away at her liver for decades.
“It was a very difficult time,” she said. “You’re scared. You’re not sure if you are going to make it.”

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Mayor Soriano presented proclamation to organ transplant group
4/18/2018

PARSIPPANY — In recognition of National Donate Life Month to highlight awareness of the lifesaving gift of organ donation, Mayor Michael Soriano presented a proclamation to the Morris County Organ Transplant Group.  The group is an official regional group of the NJ Sharing Network.

Bob and Connie Keller looks on as Mayor Michael Soriano reads the ProclamationOne organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others. People of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and religions are touched by donation and by the serious shortage of organ donors that exists. Currently, there are nearly New Jersey residents and Americans awaiting life-saving transplant operations. There are thirteen waitlisted in Parsippany.

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Parents of New Jersey teen killed while riding bike consider recipients of his organs as ‘family'
4/17/2018

On a hot August afternoon 10 years ago, 14-year-old Sean Clegg was riding his bike with friends when a car slammed into him just blocks from his home in Tabernacle, New Jersey.
After one of his friends rushed to fetch his parents, Gail and Andy Clegg knew there wasn’t much hope for their gifted and compassionate first-born son.
“At the hospital, we learned in the emergency room that he was brain dead and wasn’t going to survive,” Gail, 52, tells PEOPLE, “so we immediately made the decision that we wanted something good to come from losing him. Right then, we asked if Sean could be an organ donor.”
A decade later, the Cleggs and their other son, Brian, 23, don’t have to look far for reminders of Sean, an accomplished guitar player and student at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth who passed all of his college boards when he was in the 7th grade, and ultimately helped more than 100 people to live productive lives through donations of his organs, corneas and tissue.


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Shortage of organs for transplant the cause for more awareness
4/16/2018

A major shortage of organs for transplants exists in the United States, where a person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes and 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant, federal data show.
During April’s National Donate Life Month, organ procurement and transplant organizations are encouraging people to become educated on how the process works and how they can become either a living donor or designate themselves a donor upon death.
A single organ donor could save as many as eight lives, medical experts say.
“We need more organ donors, but we also need to learn everything we can to help those who receive the gift of a transplant keep their new organ for life,” said Shandie Covington, CEO of the American Society of Transplantation, based in Mount Laurel, Burlington County. “Organ transplantation is a miracle, but it is not necessarily a happy-ever-after.”
About 2,416 people are on wait lists for organ transplants at centers in New Jersey, according to the U.S. Procurement and Transplantation Network, the majority of which are in need of a new kidney.


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Palisades Medical Center pays tribute to donors
4/16/2018

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center raised the NJ Sharing Network's Donate Life flag to pay tribute to organ and tissue donors and to raise awareness of the life-saving and life-restoring value of organ and tissue donation. The Donate Life flag at Palisades Medical Center remained raised for the month of April.
Currently, there are 117,000 people on the national organ transplant waiting list. Instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003, the month encouraged Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and honored those who save lives through donation.

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Newton proclaims April Donate Life Month
4/15/2018

NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Town Council proclaimed April Donate Life month at the meeting on Monday, April 9.  Representatives from the New Jersey Sharing Network were on hand to accept the proclamation read by Mayor Wayne Levante.
Kelly Bonventre, manager of Philanthropy and Foundation Programs thanked the council for their support again this year.
“When people are educated they will say yes,” to becoming a donor, Boneventre said. 
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Newton residents Danah Petit had a heart transplant five years ago.   She was born with a congenital heart defect.  She was on the transplant list for nine months, four of them spent in the hospital.  She had her surgery at New York Presbyterian hospital.
"I feel much better," Petit said.
Sandy Erwin on the board of the New Jersey Sharing Network and Sussex County resident, donor family member Dan Sarnowski also attended. 
Council member Helen LeFrois choked up as she spoke to the crowd about having lost her brother three years ago."The family did not know he was a [n organ] donor," LeFrois said.  She explained having lost her father "also at an early age" likely inspired her brother to be a donor.
"I commend you for the work you do and the impact you have had on so many lives," LeFrois said.  "Now all five LeFrois are donors."


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Wayne woman helps save organ recipients’ lives
4/12/2018

WAYNE, NJ — Saving lives is what Helen LaCarrubba does.
LaCarrubba, a Wayne resident, works as a molecular specialist for NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit organ procurement organization. She performs DNA testing as part of the process of matching organ donors and recipients. She has been a molecular specialist since 2008.
LaCarrubba often sees the same names repeatedly, testing – and hoping – until they find a match.
"I know these patients are waiting, but we are waiting for them too," LaCarrubba said.
Although she may not always interact with the patients face to face, LaCarrubba can see that her efforts are making a difference and saving lives.

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Local businesses join NJ Sharing Network’s #SaveNJLives initiative
4/10/2018

NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, has launched the #SaveNJLives initiative to share the message of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
More than 135 participating pizzerias, coffee shops, bagel shops, delis and diners throughout New Jersey will be using and distributing custom-designed pizza boxes and coffee sleeves that display the number of people waiting for a transplant in that local community. The boxes and sleeves will drive people to www.SaveNJLives.com, where visitors can type in the name of their town and view the number of people in that town awaiting a transplant.
The site also offers ways people can get involved, including sharing information via social media and registering as an organ and tissue donor. The initiative will run through the duration of April, which is National Donate Life Month.
“This grassroots campaign will personalize the importance of organ and tissue donation by showing the residents of New Jersey just how many people are waiting for a life-saving transplant in their town,” said Joe Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “What we want people to know is that organ and tissue donation can affect anyone – it might be your neighbor, the person you wave to every morning on your way to work, or the barista who serves you a cup of coffee daily.”
In 2017, more New Jersey residents gave the gift of life than ever before, resulting in over 550 lives saved, according to Roth.


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Elisse Glennon, and E Denise Peoples, double lung transplant recipient, talked with Thomas Giblin about the gift of life through organ and tissue donation
4/10/2018

Elisse Glennon, VP and Chief Administrative Officer at NJ Sharing Network, and E Denise Peoples, double lung transplant recipient, talked with Assemblyman Thomas Giblin about the gift of life through organ and tissue donation

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30th Anniversary Gala Steve Adubato interviews Ezequiel and Iris Garcia – Parents of Tissue Donor Reinaldo Garcia
4/10/2018

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the NJ Sharing Network 30th Anniversary Gala to talk with Ezequiel and Iris Garcia about their son Reinaldo, who gave the gift of life through donation in 2011.  These parents explains how his gift has given their life meaning again.    
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Why Sarah Ford gave away a kidney – My Verona NJ
4/9/2018

Social media today can sometimes seem to be one big ocean of negative energy, inspiring more deletes than “likes”. But if Sarah Ford hadn’t paid attention to a Facebook post in August 2016, she might not be where she is today–recovering from donating a kidney to someone who was then a complete stranger.
Ford, who moved to Verona from West Orange six years ago, was on Facebook when she saw a post from an old high school friend. He was a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation and was sharing the story of a man who had a hereditary kidney disease and needed a transplant. “I read the story and I was really drawn to it,” Ford recalls thinking. “I’m almost 39, I’m healthy, I have beautiful children. I could give this guy his life back and I’ll be back to being the same person once I heal.” Soon, Ford found herself clicking on a link and filling out a quick questionnaire. Six weeks later, after going through blood and tissue typing, Ford was notified that she was a top match for the man in her friend’s post.
The post was part of the National Kidney Foundation‘s “Big Ask, Big Give” campaign, which aims to use the power of social media and social networking to find living donors for transplants and cut the waiting time for those in need, which can be years. The NKF says that there are about 100,000 people waiting for kidney transplants nationwide. Some 19,000 transplants are done annually, but only about one-third of them are from living donors. “Big Ask, Big Give” coaches those in need of a kidney on how to ask for a donor, and educates potential donors about the transplant process.

 

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Our #SaveNJLives initiative is sharing the message of donation across the state during National Donate Life Month. Thanks to all of our participants
4/9/2018

Through April, special pizza boxes and coffee sleeves will display the number of people currently waiting for a life-saving transplant.

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Gail Clegg, mother of organ and tissue donor Sean Clegg, and Christine Palms, Director of Transplant Services at Lourdes Health System, spoke about Donate Life Month, our 5K Celebration of Life, and the lives Sean saved as a donor.
4/9/2018

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany was abuzz last week as members of the NJ Sharing Network and Morris County Organ Transplant Group prepped specialized pizza boxes and coffee sleeves for Donate Life Month this April.
The new initiative for NJ Sharing Network, #SaveNJlives, lists the number of waitlisted patients by community.  Several area pizzerias and coffee shops are participating in this program to spread awareness about organ donation.

 

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Parsippany is going green this April in support of National Donate Life Month
4/7/2018

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany is going green this April in support of National Donate Life Month to bring awareness to organ and tissue donation.  One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 people.  Thirteen people in Parsippany are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.

Nick Corrente, Desai Rushi, Jerry Corrente, Mayor Michael Soriano, Jessica Iannetta, John Iannetta and Matt Sonzogni. Front Row Connie Keller, Bob Keller and Beth Shaw.Members of the Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group teamed up with Venture Crew 890, Boy Scout Troop 72 and NJ Sharing Network to tie green ribbons around town.  They started off at the main Branch of the Parsippany Public Library on Friday, April 6 along with Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano.

 


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Pizza boxes and coffee sleeves for Donate Life Month
4/7/2018

 

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany was abuzz last week as members of the NJ Sharing Network and Morris County Organ Transplant Group prepped specialized pizza boxes and coffee sleeves for Donate Life Month this April.
The new initiative for NJ Sharing Network, #SaveNJlives, lists the number of waitlisted patients by community.  Several area pizzerias and coffee shops are participating in this program to spread awareness about organ donation.

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NJ Sharing Network conducts presentation on organ donation and tissue donation at Saint Peter's University
4/6/2018

Sparta Township Council: April is Donate Life Month
4/5/2018

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council proclaimed April Donate Life month at the meeting last week.  Mayor Josh Herzburg read the proclamation with representative from the New Jersey Sharing Network’s Sussex Donate Life Group. 
Kelly Bonventre, Sparta resident and manager of Philanthropy and Foundation Programs at New Jersey Sharing Network introduced Allison Ognibene.  Ognibene celebrated the 30 anniversary of her life saving double lung and heart transplant surgery.
“I was 15 in 1980 and part of a big experiment,” Ognibene said.  “Sparta, New Jersey made sure I had enough money to fly to Pittsburg for the surgery.  When the call came, the Sparta police and ambulance squad stopped traffic on Route 15 to get me to the airport.”
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Saying she will always be a Spartan because of the support she received as a teenager, “I’m still alive and I’m still kicking.”
Bill and Carol McEllen were there as donor a donor family.
Dan Sarnowski explained his experience with organ donation.  “Seven years ago the love of my life passed away,” Sarnowski said.  “The donated kidneys helped save a life and organs helped 45 other people live better lives.”

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Hackensack University Medical Center kicks off ‘Donate Life Month
4/5/2018

 


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NJ Sharing Network's CEO Discusses the Future of Donation
4/4/2018

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the NJ Sharing Network 30th Anniversary Gala to speak with Joe Roth, President and CEO of the NJ Sharing Network, about the future of organ and tissue donation in New Jersey.   

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South Plainfield man awaiting second kidney transplant
4/4/2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD - Trish Boyce is no stranger to kidney disease. Her brother developed it in his 20s and their sister donated a kidney to him.
So when Trish married Howard Boyce 30 years ago, knowing his family had a history of polycystic kidney disease, she was prepared to do the same if the situation arose.
“I always told him, if he needed a kidney, I would be evaluated,” she said. “It’s a natural thing for me to do. He’s my husband, the person I love, so to me it was kind of a no-brainer.”
Howard Boyce’s father had died from complications of the disease in 1984, and four of his six siblings received kidney transplants. Howard started developing symptoms when he was in his 30s. By 1998, it had progressed to the point that he needed a transplant or he would have to begin dialysis.

 

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Cooper commemorates organ donor awareness month with flag raising & planting of pinwheels
4/3/2018

Giving the gift of life through organ donation is one of the most selfless legacies a person can leave behind.
On April 2, 2018, several family members of organ donors joined Cooper University Health Care staff and representatives from NJ Sharing Network to raise a special “Donate Life” flag high above Cooper in recognition of April’s Donate Life Month.
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The flag, which was signed with personal messages from 30 organ donors’ families at a Donor Remembrance Ceremony held March 22, 2018, at Cooper, will fly in front of Cooper for the month of April.
According to a media release, those assembled also “planted” more than 100 blue and green pinwheels to commemorate organ donors.Donate Life Month focuses national attention on how every individual has the potential to make life possible by registering their decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, or by considering being a living donor.

 

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Blue & Green Day
4/1/2018

 

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What’s on your pizza box or coffee cup? It’s about organ donation
4/1/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE — April is National Donate Life Month and the NJ Sharing Network is expanding an idea it hopes will further the conversation about organ donation in the Garden State.
Elisse Glennon, NJ Sharing Network vice president and chief administrative officer, said 120,000 people nationwide are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. So for the next month, more than 150 restaurants across the state will pitch in by drawing attention to two of New Jersey's favorite treats: pizza and coffee.
Throughout April, pizza boxes and coffee cup sleeves at the participating establishments will bear the link to the website savenjlives.com, in what Glennon said are "beautiful," "eye-catching" designs. Once on that site, anyone can look up his or her hometown and see just how many people are waiting to receive organs in that particular community.
"We talk a lot about having a conversation with your family about organ donation," Glennon said. "We don't want you just to register to be a donor, but we want you to have a conversation with your family. So when you order a pizza box, you're typically with other people."
Pizzerias, coffee shops, diners, hospitals, and colleges are all part of the effort, which grew from 1,000 pizza boxes last year to 15,000 this year, and from 60,000 to 250,000 coffee sleeves. Glennon said many of the involved pizzeria owners have their own personal connections to organ donation, driving home the point that it could be a neighbor, friend, or cousin who's affected.
In 2017, NJ Sharing Network's concept — which at that point was one weekend only — exploded on social media, and staffers will be able to track the 2018 outreach results through the same website printed on the boxes and sleeves.
"We're hoping, when people get driven to the website, t

 

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Our #SaveNJLives initiative is sharing the message of donation across the state during National Donate Life Month.
4/1/2018

 

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The Morris County Donate Life Group is also hosting a movie viewing tomorrow night of A Question of Faith - a film with organ donation as one of its main storylines - at the main branch of the Parsippany Public Library. The event is free to attend.
4/1/2018

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3/30/2018

 


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After a teenager died, his organs provided life to others — and a bigger family to his parents
3/30/2018

Gail and Andy Clegg’s 14-year-old son, Sean, went out for a bike ride one Sunday afternoon. He was hit by a car and killed near their home in Tabernacle, N.J.
When the Cleggs heard the heartbreaking news, in their deep devastation, they had one clear thought.
“Something positive needed to come out of this,” Gail Clegg said. “We thought, ‘Is there something we can do? Can he be an organ donor or something?”
So they donated his body — to 100 different recipients. Now, 10 years later, they have an extraordinary friendship with several of the people who received Sean’s major organs. They consider them extended family — and one of them, essentially, became like the daughter they never had.
‘I felt like I knew her forever’ 
Stefania DeMayo, 37, was dying before she received Sean’s heart in 2008. She now calls the Cleggs “mom and dad,” and her children — who, she had after the transplant — consider them grandparents.


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Prieto wants new casino, master plan for Meadowlands - NJ to be the site of the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games
3/27/2018

A new casino and Meadowlands regional master plan are at the top of the wish list for Vincent Prieto, the new president of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority.
Prieto, who was named to the position by Gov. Phil Murphy in February after serving as a Democratic assemblyman since 2004, told the Meadowlands Regional Chamber on Tuesday that a casino “would make this region the economic engine that this state desperately needs.”
The casinos currently in New Jersey are clustered in the Atlantic City area.
In 2015, the state Legislature and then-Gov. Chris Christie shot down the idea of building a casino in the region, but Prieto vowed the issue would be brought up again. He added it would enhance the experience of people coming to the region for such upcoming events as World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania in 2019, the 2020 Transplant Games, the Army-Navy football game in 2021, as well as concerts and cultural events. New Jersey also is bidding for a piece of soccer’s World Cup in 2026.

 

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Steve Adubato interviewed the following people closely connected to organ and tissue donation: Darrell K. Terry Sr., President and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey
3/8/2018

 

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David O’Hara promoted to Director of Regulatory Compliance, Performance Improvement and Data Analytics at NJ Sharing Network
3/5/2018

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Westfield volunteer baseball coach desperately seeking kidney donor
3/2/2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield High School volunteer baseball coach Mike Cappiello is in desperate need of a kidney donor.
The 28-year-old former WHS baseball player hit 46 doubles playing college ball for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire — the most in the school's history.
One day in April of 2012, during his senior year, he was off to another good start to the early season when he broke the record for doubles with his 46th and final one of his career. He thought he was going to be able to add to this total as a durable never-miss-a-game grinder of a player. He barely made it into second that day, huffing and puffing all the way to the base like he was running a marathon for the first time without training.

 

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Transplant Games 2020: Meadowlands, NJ
3/2/2018

Meadowlands Transplant Games 2020 Press Conference

2020 Donate Life Transplant Games coming to New Jersey
2/27/2018

New Jersey will host the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games, a multisport festival for people who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries.
Officials made the announcement Tuesday.
The six-day event, which will take place July 17-22, 2020, will be staged in the Meadowlands sports complex area in East Rutherford and will include more than 20 competitions. It's open to living donors, organ transplant recipients and bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients.
The winning bid was a collaboration of local partners led by the NJ Sharing Network, the state's organ procurement organization that saves lives through organ and tissue donation.

 


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Transplant Games at MetLife Stadium to celebrate recipients and donors
2/27/2018

EAST RUTHERFORD — MetLife Stadium will host the Donate Life Transplant Games, a multi-sport festival for people who have undergone lifesaving transplant surgeries.
The Transplant Games, set for July 2020, are expected to attract thousands of attendees.
The neighboring American Dream complex will host the athletes village.
“We see the Transplant Games of America as an opportunity to engage the entire transplant community in new ways,” said Elisse Glennon, vice president and chief administrative officer of NJ Sharing Network, which recovers organs and tissue, and belongs to a national network serving people awaiting transplants.
Officials from the Transplant Life Foundation and the Meadowlands attended a press conference Tuesday morning at MetLife Stadium for the announcement.
Athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the games, which are open to living donors and organ, bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients.
This year, the Transplant Games of America are being held in Salt Lake City and include 48 teams from the U.S., Australia and Puerto Rico.

 

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2020 Donate Life Transplant Games Press Conference
2/27/2018

A press conference announcing the 2020 Transplant Games was held at MetLife Stadium in February 2018. View photos from the press conference here.

 
 
West Orange kid continues search for kidney donor for his father
2/25/2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A week after a 10-year-old boy from West Orange called News 12 New Jersey to ask for help in finding a kidney for his dad, the father’s transplant coordinator told him that calls are coming in from people throughout the nation who want to see if they are a possible match.

“My coordinator told me that calls are flooding in from many places, including calls from people in Missouri and Florida,” said Pete Recchia, a lifelong West Orange resident who has end-stage renal disease and was born with only one kidney that is failing.
Sitting on the couch with his son, Nick Recchia, Pete said he was thankful that his son reached out on his own to call a local news station about his plight. He has been on a transplant list for more than two years, and has been going to dialysis at the RCG Barnabas Dialysis Facility in Livingston during this time. Due to the lack of energy brought about by the disease, he had to quit his job at PSE&G.


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Parents of boy who died during football practice meet paramedic who tried to save him
2/21/2018

WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A new program is bringing first responder training to athletic coaches, in hopes of making a difference between life and death for a player suffering cardiac arrest on the field.
So far, nearly 100 coaches have been trained as part of the All Heart program.
As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, the program is in memory of Sean Fisher, who was 13 when he collapsed at football practice and died as a result of an undetected heart ailment.
Sean still lives as an inspiration through the foundation in his name, and All Heart. But there is someone else who has kept Sean’s memory dear.
Nearly a decade ago, Michael Rizzo was the paramedic on call for an unconscious child on a football field.
Jim and Sheila Fisher are the child’s parents, and they met Rizzo for the first time Wednesday.
The circumstances back then were extreme.

 

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Dignity Memorial sponsoring donor families to honor their loved ones on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float
2/20/2018

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NJ Sharing Network’s 30th Anniversary Special
2/17/2018

Excerpt:
"Welcome to Life & Living. I'm Joanna Gagis. I'm at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the New Jersey Sharing Network, New Jersey's organ and tissue procurement organization. In this next half hour, we'll hear profound and personal stories of loss, of life, but mostly of hope, both from those who have given, and received, the gift of life. I'm joined right now by Elisse Glennon, who is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation. We're here at the Liberty Science Center for the 30th anniversary event, and we're standing in front of an exhibit. Talk about this exhibit and why it's here. Well, Liberty Science Center attracts people of all ages, but primarily students, children and students, and their families. And we thought what a better place to educate families about organ donation? And when they're coming here to learn about science, and learn about their bodies? So here this exhibit features personal stories from organ donors and recipients that students can learn from. It also features a variety of interactive games. You know, this whole... Liberty Science Center is very interactive and hands on, so we wanted our exhibit to be the same. So when we think about organ and tissue donation, it doesn't feel like a hands on thing, right? But there has been this partnership with the Liberty Science Center over the years. Talk about the Live From exhibit, and how that's really educating the next generation of donors? Yeah. We have been doing a partnership here with Liberty Science Center and Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Health for years, featuring a live kidney surgery, where the surgeon is actually performing the kidney recovery and the transplant surgery live, mic'd up, speaking with the students as he does that. Now that's not happening here, right? It's happening at the hospital and then it's broadcast here? Yes. Right. It's happening at the hospital in the OR, and it's broadcast right here at Liberty Science Center. And our role as the Sharing Network, our involvement in that program, is that we bring kidney donors, living kidney donors here to speak with the kids about their personal experience having given a kidney to a loved one. Or to a stranger, altruistically. What have we seen about the impact of an exhibit like this, of the Live From exhibit, where we know we're reaching a younger population? Yeah, well we do hear kids and families talking more and more about organ donation. It certainly raises the awareness, not only of living kidney donation, but about the need for organ donation at-large, and the 120,000 people currently waiting for a..."

 

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Village Grande woman named executive director of state senior pageant
2/14/2018

For Terry Meade, the threads of her life have come together in a surprising pattern that landed her in a totally unexpected place.
Meade was recently named the executive director of the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant.
Her volunteerism in the pageant’s service wing, the Cameo Club, has woven together her love of Broadway, dance and costuming; her job as secretary to Adrian Kantrowitz, who performed the first heart transplant in the United States; and her husband Mark’s near-fatal heart disease that led him to his own transplant.
The transitional moment that brought together many of Meade’s life experiences happened in 2005. Mark, who had a history of serious cardiac problems, insisted on joining her in San Jose for the week-long 10th anniversary celebration of eBay, where she had been actively involved for many years.

 

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Woodland Park resident celebrates career of life-saving work
2/13/2018

WOODLAND PARK, NJ – Over the last quarter century, Tess Lewis has witnessed the power of organ and tissue donation and transplantation with and without the aid of a microscope.
The longtime Woodland Park resident is a senior technical specialist and one of the longest serving professionals at NJ Sharing Network, New Jersey’s nonprofit organ procurement organization (OPO) celebrating 30 years of saving lives through organ and tissue donation.
Lewis came to NJ Sharing Network as a student finishing her studies in medical technology at Rutgers University School of Medicine and Dentistry, where a professor sparked her interest in immunology. Upon graduation in 1991, she was hired to work with a handful of technologists in the laboratory.
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Today, Lewis oversees crossmatching in NJ Sharing Network’s state-of-the-art laboratory – open 24/7, 365 days a year and includes more than 30 staff members. As the department has grown, so has its ability to save lives; many matches are made today, which were previously thought to be incompatible.
“Tess epitomizes the dedication and passion of the laboratory staff at NJ Sharing Network,” said Dr. Prakash Rao, director of transplant laboratory and vice president of diagnostics and research operations, NJ Sharing Network. “She has played an important role in our life-saving work and we are fortunate to count her as one of our own.”


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NJ Sharing Network Cycling Event –
2/7/2018

SPIN to SAVE LIVES!
Free Class with NJ Sharing Network Cycling Team
When: Sunday - March 18, 2018 Time: 11:00am-1:00pmWhat: Spin Class with certified Instructor (45 min)Where: Summit YMCA’s Spin Studio 67 Maple Street, Summit NJ

 

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‘Donors for Danny’ event honors former Bergenfield wrestling star
2/7/2018

BERGENFIELD -An event was held in Bergenfield Wednesday night to raise money for a scholarship fund that honors a former wrestling star who saved lives through organ donation.
Danny Glover died in a car crash six years ago. He was 24 years old.
Glover saved several lives after he died through organ donations. His family has been working with the New Jersey Sharing Network and recently starting the non-profit Donors for Danny in order to raise awareness for organ donation.
All of the money raised went towards the scholarship fund set up in Glover’s name. His mother Karyn Glover says that these events help to keep her son’s legacy alive.
"It is therapeutic because it keeps his memory alive…knowing he saved eight people’s lives…that’s pretty incredible,” she says.
Karyn says that she and Glover talked about this wish to be an organ donor about a month before his death.

 

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MTF Biologics distributes more than 550,000 tissue grafts in 2017, saving and healing a record number of lives
2/7/2018

 

 

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CarePoint Health and NJ Sharing Network to register organ donors this Valentine’s Day
2/7/2018

 

 


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Want to become an organ donor? Here's how to sign up in Hudson County
2/5/2018

Looking to become an organ donor? The NJ Sharing Network is looking for you. 

CarePoint Health is teaming up with the nonprofit organization for a series of organ donation registration drives in Hudson County this week.  

Representatives from the NJ Sharing Network, as well as organ donors and recipients will visit CarePoint Health's Christ Hospital in Jersey City and Hoboken University Medical Center on Tuesday for a pair of registration drives. Those interested in becoming organ donors can sign up in the hospitals' lobbies from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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One on One with Steve Adubato
2/1/2018

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"Steve Adubato here at the Liberty Science Center. This is an extraordinary night. It is the annual gala of the New Jersey Sharing Network, celebrating 30 years. Elisse Glennon, who everyone knows, her chyron will be up, and she is a partner of ours in public broadcasting, and you've been a leader in this organization. But 2016 was an extraordinary year in terms of saving lives. Talk about it. Yes. Last year, we saved more lives than we ever had before. And this year we're continuing on that same track and it's, you know, because of so many things, because of all the people here, because of the programming that you do, and because of the strong and continued support of the entire community. Let's talk about this 30th anniversary. I mean, one of the things that we try to do in public broadcasting and FiOS and all of our partners, with all of our partners, is to be involved in, quote unquote, "public education awareness". But Elisse, make it clear what that really means. Because people think they know about organ and tissue donation, but what do they really need to understand? I think people need to understand that donating your organs and becoming an organ donor is a really special, altruistic gift. 


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Heart Transplant Roundtable meeting
1/29/2018

PARSIPPANY — February is American Heart Month and the Morris County Organ Transplant Group is holding a special “Heart Transplant Roundtable” meeting. This roundtable will be held on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Station, 3339 Route 46.
Five group members who had heart transplants will be joined by Dr. Marc Goldschmidt, Medical Director of the Heart Success and LVAD program at Morristown Medical Center, to discuss their transplant experiences.
The Morris County Transplant Group is an official regional group of the NJ Sharing Network, NJ’s organ procurement agency.
This transplant group meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month.  The March meeting is on March 7.  

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Kiwanis Club donates $6,000 to NJ Sharing Network
1/28/2018

PARSIPPANY — Recently Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany donated $6,000 to New Jersey Sharing Network.
Presenting the check was Michael Mulhaul, Chairman of the Grand Tasting Committee to Michele Dabal of New Jersey Sharing Network. Kiwanis Club supports NJ Sharing Network’s efforts to save more lives through organ and tissue donation.
NJ Sharing Network is the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. Over 4,000 New Jersey residents are currently awaiting transplantation. They are also part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the more than 120,000 people on waiting lists.
NJ Sharing Network operates 24/7/365 with a team of over 150 highly trained and dedicated members on staff. The Governing and Foundation Boards are made up of a diverse group of individuals from both public and private sectors, across a variety of disciplines, and many of whom have been touched by donation including donor families and recipients. They bring great experience and insight to the important and life-saving work that we do.

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West Orange boy calls News 12 for help locating kidney for dad
1/28/2018

WEST ORANGE -A 10-year-old boy from West Orange called News 12 New Jersey to ask for help finding a kidney for his father.
Pete Recchia has end-stage renal disease, which means he was born with only one kidney that is failing.
Pete Recchia has been on a transplant list for two years and has been going to dialysis in Livingston for just as long. He had to quit his job at PSEG because of his health.
Nick Recchia decided, without the help or knowledge from the rest of his family, to do what he could to help.
"I need my father to get a kidney," Nick Recchia says. "I figured if I talked about it here on TV then maybe someone would help him."
Pete Recchia says he is proud of his son for stepping up and hopes someone with A-positive blood type comes forward to help.
The New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network says that three people in the state are added to the transplant list every day. They say eight lives can be saved by just one organ donor.


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The Impact of Tissue Donation on the Lives of Others
1/22/2018

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the New Jersey Sharing Network's 30th Anniversary to speak with Martha Anderson, Executive VP of Donor Services at MTF Biologics, about the importance of their partnership with the Sharing Network and the impact tissue donation has on people's lives.

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Emotional meeting at NJ Sharing Network bonds donor family and organ recipient
1/19/2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Saturday's reunion wasn't an ordinary meeting -- it was an incredibly powerful reunion between a donor family and an organ recipient at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. You could feel the raw emotion of the Rodriguez family as they anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher, who lives because of their brother's gift of life.
Nolman Vidal Rodriguez, of Trenton, died tragically in 2016 at the age of 24 and his family made the decision to give the gift of life by donating his organs. He donated both kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas. Fisher, of Ocean Gate, NJ, was the recipient of Nolman's heart and one kidney. 
When Fisher and his family walked through the door, he immediately embraced Nolman's sister Rosalia Vidal Rodriguez, who sobbed in his arms. He assured her that her brother was with them.  "He's here, he's here," he said, while hugging members of the Rodriguez family. He was able to tell them how sorry he was for their loss and thanked them for the gift of life. And they were able to feel the beat of their brother's heart that lives on in Fisher.


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Families of slain organ donor, recipient meet and become one
1/19/2018

Losing a loved one, especially in an act of violence, is often coupled with an unimaginable amount of grief, for which survivors look for a way to heal, and allow the person to live on.
For the family of Nolman Vidal Rodriguez, slain in Trenton in 2016, the way is organ donation.
Last week, Rocelia Vidal Rodriguez heard her brother's heart beat inside Robert Fisher's chest.
"It is very hard to explain because there are a lot of mix emotions," Rocelia said through a translator.
She was happy to be able to hear her brother's heartbeat again, but also sad that the person she was hugging was not her brother.
Nolman donated his kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas.
Last weekend, Nolman's family was able to meet Fisher, of Ocean Gate, who received Nolman's heart and one of his kidneys, at NJ Sharing Network's headquarters in New Providence.
Nolman was 24-years-old when his life was cut short in July 2016, shot in the head while attending a child's birthday party in Trenton.

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Murder victim’s heart still beating in Ocean Gate man’s chest
1/18/2018

It’s a profound question, one most of us never face.
Whose heart is beating inside me?
Ocean Gate resident Robert Fisher wondered for a year, after he received a heart and kidney transplant from an organ donor in 2016. That donor was 24-year-old Nolman Vidal Rodriguez of Trenton, a roofer and immigrant from Honduras. Rodriguez was killed when a gunman randomly sprayed bullets into a crowd at a child’s birthday party.
On Saturday, in an extraordinary encounter, Fisher met members of Rodriguez’s family.
“To meet his family meant more to me than anything,” said Fisher, 52. “I just needed to say thank you. It’s a piece of the puzzle that’s missing. You have guilty feelings a lot. You want to meet the family, give them a huge hug and tell them, ‘Everybody is remembering him.’”
Fisher embraced Rodriguez’s sister, brother and two nephews. They also listened to his heartbeat through a stethoscope.

 

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Organ donations on the rise in NJ
1/18/2018

Three years ago, Keath Gerald’s congestive heart pumped at just 32 percent and he was on a collision course with calamity.
“In and out of hospital 42 times, my barber was asking, ‘do you do funeral arrangements?'” said Gerald.
Gerald spent 29 days on the organ transplant waiting list, which seemed like an eternity. But, today he’s alive thanks to a heart and liver transplant in 2015. Now he’s living an athletic life and competing in the 2016 Transplant Games of America.
“I won seven medals. I’m like the Lebron James, Michael Phelps of the transplant world,” Gerald said. “It’s truly amazing that anyone can donate their organs and makes me see that we’re all in this together,”
He says he would be in a cemetery or a hospital still waiting if he didn’t receive the transplant.
“Every day, 22 people die nationwide waiting for a transplant and I could have been one of them,” he said.
Gerald says he spends a considerable amount of time reaching out to folks in Newark and Paterson to encourage them to sign up to become organ donors.

 

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Stories of Organ Donation from NJ Sharing Network’s 30th Anniversary
1/17/2018

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the New Jersey Sharing Network's 30th Anniversary event to speak with Diane Beard, a living kidney donor and Tina Trueba, the daughter of an organ recipient, to share their stories and what the NJ Sharing Network means to them.


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AOPO shared the news of David O’Hara and Sharyn Sawczak’s promotions in its January newsletter.
1/16/2018

Organs of late Pompton Lakes woman will help others live
1/9/2018

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. — Danielle A Black of Pompton Lakes died suddenly at St. Josephs Hospital on Jan. 2. She was 32 years old.
The family asks that donations in her memory be made to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, as Danielle's concern for others was demonstrated through her final wish to be an organ donor.
Danielle was born April 23, 1985 in Hackensack Hospital to Kim (Lane) -- her best friend -- and the late Paul A. Black. Danielle was a graduate of Pompton Lakes High School class of 2003 and she held a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from William Paterson University.
She was a dependable and protective sister of her brother and an intensely loyal friend.
Danielle had a larger than life personality that touched the lives of everyone she knew.

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Nutley wrestling tournament raising awareness for organ donation
1/7/2018

At 44 years old, Michael DiPiano Sr. had indeed entered the crossroads. With his health deteriorating because of diabetes, the Nutley native was on dialysis for kidney failure and had been read his last rites. He was a devoted husband and father of three, a well-known wrestling coach and athletic director in New Jersey. But now, his life was seemingly coming to an end.
That was 23 years ago. Today, DiPiano (Big D to his friends) is in his 67th year of life. What changed the course for this man?
“The greatest gift of all,” DiPiano said with a smile. “I’ll never be able to repay that gift.”
The gift was an organ transplant. In DiPiano’s case, it meant a new lease on life, after receiving a kidney and pancreas Oct. 25, 1998. The organs were donated by a man we’ll know simply as Sean, a 21-year-old who, on Oct. 24, 1998, was killed in an automobile accident. Sean had indicated on his driver’s license that he wanted to be an organ donor in the event of his death.

 


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Teen’s organ donations honored at Rose Parade
1/7/2018

The Donate Life Float made its 15th appearance in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day to raise awareness and honor organ and tissue donors and transplant recipients. You can view photos of the four New Jersey families who attended on NJ Sharing Network's Facebook page.


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Hospitals receive award
1/6/2018

All three CarePoint Health hospitals were honored for sharing awareness of organ and tissue donations. NJ Sharing Network honored the hospitals at a ceremony at the organization's New Providence headquarters.
Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital received the platinum award, which is the highest honor. Bayonne Medical Center received the gold award, which is the second highest honor.

 

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Organ donation wishes should be conveyed to loved ones
1/6/2018

A conversation may just save a life - so talk.
That advice, specifically centered around organ donation, comes from Joe Roth, a Morris Plains resident and the president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. He said once the decision to be an organ donor is made, it should be followed up by a "special conversation" with loved ones.
“Make your wishes known to your family," Roth said. "Signing up to donate your organs doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ever going to be an organ donor. It just indicates your wishes.” said Roth.
Families show up at the hospital after a loved one’s accident or injury that is non-survivable and their loved ones don't know of their wish to be an organ donor, Roth said.

 

 

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NJ Sharing Network President and CEO leads life-saving organization
12/17/2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Joe Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network, is committed to driving awareness of NJ Sharing Network as it marks its 30th anniversary of saving lives through organ and tissue donation. He was recently awarded the prestigious NJBIZ ICON Honors, which recognizes seasoned New Jersey business leaders for their notable demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field. Roth was also appointed to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver and Intestine Transplantation Committee, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Health Care Administration Board.
Roth’s contributions to his field have been widely recognized and noted with the highest distinction. Within the organ and tissue donation and transplantation community, he received the penultimate AOPO (Association of Organ Procurement Organizations)/Cryolife Achievement Award in 2010 and the AOPO President’s Award in 2000. In 2003, he was named a Healthcare Professional Triangle Award honoree by the New Jersey Chapter of Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO) for his dedication to donation and transplantation. In 2009, he received the New Jersey League of Municipalities Distinguished Public Service Award. Roth was recognized for excellence in leadership in 2014 by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“It has been a pleasure to observe the way Joe’s leadership has shaped NJ Sharing Network and its continued success is a product of his guidance,” says Howard Nelson, Chair, NJ Sharing Network Board of Trustees. “He inspires our Board and the staff to carry out the organization’s life-saving mission.”

 

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12/17/2017

 

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NJ Sharing Network celebrates 30 years of saving lives
12/17/2017

NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for New Jersey residents, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. 
With the generous support of Presenting Sponsors Novartis and Mitch and Ali Kogen in memory of Riley Kogen, Platinum Sponsors MTF Biologics and RWJ Barnabas Health, and numerous Gold, Silver, Bronze and Table Sponsors, NJ Sharing Network was able to raise almost $400,000, supporting the Foundation in exceeding its annual $1.8 million fundraising goal. 
The evening celebrated the past 30 years of saving lives, the future of innovative transplant research and education and the continued effort to raise awareness on the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. 
In attendance were transplant recipients, living donors, families of organ and tissue donors, NJ Sharing Network volunteers, board members and staff who work to facilitate life-saving organ and tissue transplants every day. 
Presenting Sponsors Mitch and Ali Kogen spoke in memory of their late daughter, Riley Kogen. Riley gave the gift of life as an organ donor and saved the lives of two women. After losing their daughter at only five years old, Mitch and Ali started Riley’s Dance, a program of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, in hopes of improving the quality of life for transplant recipients and those waiting to receive transplants. They do so by providing funds to struggling families in need of medical coverage and financial aid. 
The event’s venue, Liberty Science Center, is also home to an Interactive Exhibit on Organ and Tissue Donation as well as a “Live From” Surgery Program where high school students observe a living do


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Franklin man, a retired cop, gives thanks for heart transplant
12/10/2017

NEW BRUNSWICK - On Sept. 11, 2001, Millburn Police Officer Joseph Johnson responded to New York City to help others following the terrorist attacks.
On Sept. 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks, the family of a young New Jersey man helped Johnson, now retired from the police force, by giving him the ultimate gift of life in the form of a new heart.
This holiday season, Johnson is thankful to be alive and share Thanksgiving with his wife, Sharon, and enjoy the company of his 2-year-old granddaughter, Savannah, along with other family members.

 

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Transplanting organs by printer? NJ organ donor agency says it’s coming
12/10/2017

Imagine receiving a vital organ … generated by a 3-D printer.It could happen someday, according to Joe Roth, who heads the New Jersey Sharing Network, a nonprofit working to facilitate organ transplants.Roth says the Sharing Network’s new Personalized Transplant Medicine Institute may someday make 3-D organ printing a reality.“The PTMI will look at seminal research to help improve the matching of organs to recipients, which in turn will enhance their longevity. And we’ll also look at ways to change the immune systems so that the organ is tolerated for a much longer time by the patient, by the recipient.”He says it’s part of the institute’s research into regenerative medicine, in which research is being done to be able to grow and replace organs using cells that do not react negatively with the body.Roth says the availability of organs has grown, but it has not grown fast enough to match the need.“There are over 4,000 people waiting in New Jersey for a life-saving transplant, and 120,000 people nationwide.” 

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Puertorriqueño donante de órganos será homenajeado durante el Desfile de las Rosas
12/10/2017

La imagen de Reinaldo se unirá a la de otros 40 donantes, quienes de esta forma recibirán homenaje en una de las carrozas. En EEUU diariamente fallecen 22 personas a la espera de recibir un trasplante. Este 1 de enero será la décimo quinta ocasión en que se honre la memoria de quienes han donado sus órganos o tejidos para salvar vidas.


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Transplant recipient to be honored on float in Rose Parade
12/10/2017

Four families from New Jersey will head to this year's Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade to support the "Donate Life" float. FiOS1's Raven Santana spoke with one of the transplant recipients about how the float honors donors who gave them the gift of life. #HolidayMiracle

 

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Reinaldo Garcia will be honored on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float for the lives he touched as a tissue donor. Special thanks to Bridge to Life for sponsoring Reinaldo’s floragraph.
12/10/2017

Growing up, Reinaldo García was a very healthy and active boy, who, early in life, demonstrated a high degree of intelligence, curiosity, and the ability to play sports. He started playing T-ball when he was only five, and he continued playing baseball through high school and college, until he had to devote more time to his college studies. He finished his BA in Education in New Jersey and became a very successful Physical Education at a local High School in Newark. He was beginning his sixth year as a teacher when death suddenly surprised him on September 2011. Reinaldo had a very pleasant personality and was very passionate about everything in life. He loved to coach younger athletes and volunteer for all kind of events and activities. Offering Reinaldo’s tissue and corneas for donation is the most important decision his family has ever made. Knowing that a part of Reinaldo is still living in someone else gives his family the strength to continue their lives.

 

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The message of organ and tissue donation was shared at Shree Swaminarayan Temple’s Health Camp. Secaucus temple serves over 200 patients at 13th Annual Health Camp
11/26/2017

 

Over one hundred health professionals and assistants, from IHCNJ and the temple, all volunteered their time to give back to the community. In addition, the temple and IHCNJ also partnered with the following community health organizations to provide education and counseling to the patients: United Health- Medicare and Medicaid, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Rutgers University SATHI- South Asian Total Health Initiative, CarePoint Health, Hoboken Family Practice, New Jersey Commission for the Blind, NJ BEST, New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network, and NJ CEED. Accurate Diagnostic Labs provided the complimentary blood test services. The temple also provided complimentary breakfast and lunch to all the patients and volunteers.

 

 

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Family members of organ donor meet recipient, hear son’s heart beat again
11/25/2017

UNION, NJ — Joseph Burlew Jr. was a 2005 Union High School graduate who saved people in both life and death.As a McCabe Ambulance Service EMT in Bayonne, he once jumped into the Newark Bay to save a woman after her car went into the water. He was awarded an EMT of the Year Award for that in 2008, and his story made the front page of The Jersey Journal.

“He was first on the scene,” Christine Burlew said of her son as she held a scrapbook documenting the rescue. She had given the book to her son as a Christmas gift shortly before he died.
Burlew was injured while working in the military and died from a heroin overdose in March 2016, according to his father, Joseph Burlew Sr. He was 28. But he had checked off that little box when he first got his driver’s license, the one that made him an organ donor.“He had a beautiful life,” Joseph Burlew said of his son. “He came back (from the military) injured and he didn’t beat it.”

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Wrapped in Love
11/24/2017

Freshman year of college, my friend and I decided to take a learn-to-knit class. The teacher was very patient as we worked on our sweaters. (Looking back on it, I’m not sure why the teacher approved such a massive project for a beginner). Even though my friend and I vowed that we’d complete our sweaters by graduation, my “worm blanket” (as I termed it, since it is nowhere near sweater size) is still in a bag in my closet, probably moth food now. My friend completed hers by our 10 year reunion.
Though I feel skillful with the sewing machine, knitting and crochet work is not my thing. So, when crafty friends post their completed yarn projects on Facebook, I have an extra appreciation. I especially admired a former coworker’s creations. Over the years, April has posted photos of everything from baby blankets to pussy hats to chunky scarves that her husband, Oat, would so proudly wear (usually along with a wooly hat and sweater that she also knitted for him). She’d nicknamed him “Mr. Handmade” since he loved to wear so many handmade pieces at one time.


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Retired Millburn cop thankful for new heart, organ donation
11/24/2017

A retired Millburn police officer has something special to be thankful for this holiday season: a new heart. Former Millburn Police Officer Joseph Johnson – as well as his wife, six children and three grandchildren – are celebrating the 53-year-old Franklin Park's recent transplant due to complications from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle.
Johnson served with the Millburn Police Department for 22 years; he retired in 2015, MyCentralJersey.com reported.
In January of 2016, the U.S. Navy veteran began a series of medical treatments at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick after it became difficult for him to stand for fear of losing consciousness, the report stated.

 

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YMCA Achievers Learn About the Gift of a Lifetime in Plainfield
11/23/2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Last Wednesday at the Achievers’ weekly workshop at the Plainfield YMCA, over 30 students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about one of New Jersey’s life-saving organizations, NJ Sharing Network.
Located in New Providence, NJ Sharing Network has been saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation for 30 years.
Community Volunteer Coordinator, Veronica Horvath and Keath Gerald, Community Educator and a former Plainfield High School graduate, walked the students through the organ donation process, from the wait list to transplantation.
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Gerald shared his personal story of organ need after being diagnosed with life threatening heart disease during his college years and being placed on the waiting list. After numerous hospital stays, complications and medical procedures, he received both a heart and liver transplant in August 2015. Within nine months, he was able to resume his normal activities and went on to participate in sports competitions.
Approximately 120,000 people in NJ are currently awaiting organsCurrently approximately 80 local Plainfield residents are in need of organs65% of NJ residents awaiting organs are minoritiesEvery 3 days, a NJ resident will die waiting for a transplantOnly 1 % of deaths become organ donors8 lives can be saved by one organ donor.

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Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals nationally recognized for promoting organ and tissue donation
11/22/2017

Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals were among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries.  These efforts were part of a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that added more than 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.


“Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals are proud to participate in this national campaign to promote organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of the hospital services division and network chief operating officer. “Organ, eye and tissue donations save lives across New Jersey and the nation each and every day.  As health care providers, it is critical that we increase awareness in our communities about the importance of registering to become a donor.  We look forward to building upon this successful campaign by partnering with organizations like the NJ Sharing Network to educate community members and increase the number of donors.”

 

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New Jersey boy taken too soon, but his organs save multiple lives
11/22/2017

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — One New Jersey family turned the worst moment of their life into the most blessed for countless strangers.
As CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, the family gave the gift of life after their son’s death.
Little Amaya Rose’s parents, Andre and Erica Thomas, called her their miracle. They thought they couldn’t conceive, and Andre Thomas’ own health was in serious jeopardy.
“I think God sent us Luke so we can have this miracle baby,” Andre Thomas said.
Thomas was talking about Luke Bautista, whose life was cut far too short at just 15 years old.
“He was the most unique, entertaining, creative, oh so very funny, contagious person,” said Luke’s mother, Carla Bautista.
Carla Bautista said her son loved Jamming with his brother to original songs. It was May 2016 when Luke’s older brother, C.J. came home and found Luke unresponsive.


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Organs of Dumont mom who died delivering twins will help others live
11/21/2017

DUMONT, N.J. – The family of a Dumont mother who died while delivering twin girls last week has donated her organs to help others. “Julia’s selflessness continued after her death. The final gift was her organ donation,” Julia Roman’s sister-in-law, Lucelenia Pimentel, wrote on a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Julia’s family. The page had garnered more than $40,000 in donations by Tuesday afternoon. Roman died of an amniotic fluid embolism at HUMC at Pascack Valley, leaving her husband Victor to care for their 5-year-old-daughter Victoria and newborn twins Isabella and Grace. Roman is also survived by two older children, Dwayne, 19, and Valeria, 26.


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Help us support Dr. Victor Parsonnet – first surgeon in New Jersey to perform a heart transplant and kidney transplant – by voting for his inclusion in the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
11/20/2017

Make Your Voice Heard!Thousands of New Jerseyans will vote during the public voting process for the NJ Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Please click the link below to participate in telling the true story of New Jersey’s greatness.


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Life-saving gifts to be honored at Rose Parade
11/20/2017

Reinaldo Garcia will be honored on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float for the lives he saved as an cornea and tissue donor. http://www.donatelifefloat.org/wp/2018-jared-colon/

 

Jared Colon will be honored on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float for the lives he saved as an organ and tissue donor. http://www.donatelifefloat.org/wp/2018-jared-colon/

 

Luke Bautista will be honored on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float for the lives he saved as an organ and tissue donor. http://www.donatelifefloat.org/wp/2018-luke-david-bautista/

 

Michael Strusiak will be honored on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float http://www.donatelifefloat.org/wp/2018-michael-strusiak/

Beloved Wall teen who lost his life honored in Rose Bowl Parade http://943thepoint.com/beloved-wall-teen-who-lost-his-life-to-be-featured-in-rose-bowl-parade/

 

Wall teen’s life-saving gifts to be honored at Rose Parade https://patch.com/new-jersey/wall/wall-teens-life-saving-gifts-be-honored-rose-parade

 

Union family meets recipient of son’s donated heart –
11/14/2017

UNION, NJ – Joey Burlew was just 28-years old when he died suddenly in March 2016.  Jeffrey Blomkvist was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at 40-years old and placed on a donor list in 2014.
On March 7, 2016, Blomkvist received Burlew’s heart during a transplant procedure at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. 
This Sunday, in an emotional meeting, Burlew’s parents, daughter and niece got the chance to meet Blomkvist and his family in person for the first time.


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NJ Sharing Network brings hope to over 4,000 Jerseyans in need of an organ transplant
11/10/2017

While many 29-year-olds are building families and careers and enjoying other milestones of early adulthood, Milan Patel’s life has been anything but carefree.  
Due to a genetic deformity that damaged his kidneys at birth, the 29-year-old Edison resident is currently suffering from end-stage renal disease and is waiting — and hoping — for the miracle of a kidney transplant.
“My brother goes to a dialysis facility three times a week for four hours at a time, after which he feels exhausted, weak, and dizzy,” said Milan’s 32-year-old brother Dipak, a software engineer.  


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University of North Carolina Mascot 2007 Death Brings a Decade of Hope
10/17/2017

UP THE BEIGE carpeted stairs and a quick turn to the right, Charlotte Ray arrives in the room where she goes to remember.
She pulls out the black leather chair from behind her son Jason's desk, puts her feet atop the University of North Carolina Tar Heels stool at the foot of the bed and escapes. She looks at the quilt on his bed, made from 59 of his old T-shirts and remembers the laughter and joy in every one of them.
The room has gone virtually untouched since March 26, 2007, the day Jason died. It's a moment frozen in time, with window curtains kept closed to keep the sunlight from fading any of the memories.
"I like to come in here if I'm having a bad day," she says. "I'll sit here and remember him lying in that bed as a little boy. I can see him lying there doing that. It brings me some peace of mind."
This is the boyhood room of a 21-year-old college senior who had dressed up in a yellow-horned ram costume to portray North Carolina's team mascot, Rameses. The room is complete with an old flip phone and a dust-covered VHS tape of "Dumb and Dumber." On a bookshelf sits Jason's AP statistics textbook, a 2006 travel guide for Italy and his high school class ring. There's a collection of Jason's trophies from basketball and karate (he was a black belt) and a prayer rug a family friend had brought back from Saudi Arabia. "He just thought that was the greatest," Charlotte says. The walls are still covered with posters of the bands Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine and of college basketball blue bloods Kentucky, where his family is from, and of course, North Carolina.

 


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10/17/2017

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State of Affairs – Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

 

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Program gives Paterson students chance to explore careers – TAP into Paterson
10/16/2017

PATERSON,NJ- Students from Paterson’s HARP Academy of Health Science got an up close look at what it’s like to work in the medical field with visits to the Morristown Medical Center (MMC) and the NJ Sharing Network (NJSN) as part of the Student Success Business Tour Program on Wednesday.
Founded by Mitch Morrison, the Student Success Business Program has been delivering free student career day programs, student business tours and entrepreneurial seminars for five years to thousands of economically-challenged students.  Previous student business tours have visited the corporate headquarters of BASF, Wyndham Worldwide, and Express Scripts.
According to to Morrison it’s not just the students that benefit from the tours. After last week’s visit to MMC and the NJSN, Morrison said that “incredible connections were made,” for both the students and the professionals they met with from both entities. 

 

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Stories of Donation from the 2017 NJ Sharing Network 5K
10/15/2017

"Hi Steve Adubato here in beautiful New Providence, New Jersey. I'm here with my colleague, Joanna Gagis. This is the 7th Annual New Jersey Sharing Network 5K. A big event. Gift of Life. Absolutely. Every year, we come here because we understand the importance of educating the public about organ and tissue donation, and we know that for every person who registers, 75 lives can be saved. It's incredible. Last year, they saved hundreds of people's lives. People who gave the gift of life. In this program, in the following half hour, both Life & Living and One on One, our other programs, you are gonna see people who are here because someone gave the gift of life to them. You're gonna see family members of people who decided to give the gift of live to others. They're marching together Joanna, on teams. That's right. 10,000 here are gathered today. It's such a significant event in New Jersey, because so many people have been impacted, like you said, by this issue. And so in this next half hour, and in the programs that we're gonna do, we're gonna be talking to those people, hearing their stories, and I'm sure it's gonna move you in the way that it's moved us. Check it out. I'm joined right now by Joe Roth, who's the President and CEO of the New Jersey Sharing Network. Joe, we're here, yet again, at the 5K. This is the 7th anniversary. Talk about what's significant about this year, and the growth that the organization has really seen over the last few years. Well, each year is significant because the run does grow. Every year we have more participants in it. But it's a way of getting the message out to the public about organ and tissue donation, and our core purpose which is saving and enhancing lives. And this event keeps growing in terms of response. Every year, as more people become organ donors, we get more teams that participate in this event, both on the donation side and the recipient side, and that just acts as a multiplier to get the message out for us about why it's important to sign up to become an organ donor. It's really incredible to see the impact that organ donation and reception really have on the families, right? Because as you said, the people who connect with this organization really stay with the organization. And continue to tell their friends. And then help raise money and raise awareness. What is it about this that impacts people so deeply? It's amazing, you know, early on in the days when I first started the network, we felt that we would leave donor families to their own selves, basically, because...."

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Wall family turns tragedy into gift of life through son's organ donation
10/15/2017

NEW PROVIDENCE — A Wall family met the recipients of their 15-year-old’s organs, learning how their son’s donation saved the lives of others.
When Luke Battista passed away in 2015, his family knew he would want to help others and since his death, Luke has donated five of his organs to others.
"Knowing that a piece of my son is inside of that person and keeping him alive and creating new life, I can't put into words," Luke’s father Chris Battista said.
His family got to meet the recipient of his pancreas in March and on Sunday they got to meet the recipient of one of his kidneys at the Sharing Network in New Providence.
"Luke gave me a second chance at life and I just wanted to show my gratitude to the family and to Luke," organ recipient Andre Thomas said.
Thomas waited for a kidney for six years after his kidney failed, forcing him to be on dialysis daily until he could receive a new one. He calls Luke his "light at the end of the tunnel."
"When I got that phone call that I got a new kidney, I cried and I just thank God for that opportunity and Luke even though he's not here, he's living with me every day, every walk that I walk," Thomas said.
In 2016, over 600 organs were donated through the Sharing Network.

 

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Blood Drive In Memory Of Summit EMS Member
10/13/2017

A blood drive in memory of Cindy Mahoney Life Member of Summit EMS and wife of Chatham Borough Police Sgt. will be held on Oct. 28.

SUMMIT, NJ — The Chatham Borough Fire Department in conjunction with the NJ Sharing Network is hosting a blood drive in memory of Cindy Mahoney Life Member of Summit EMS and wife of Sgt. Michael Mahoney of Chatham Borough Police Department.

The blood drive will be held at the Chatham Borough Fire House, 2 Fire House Plaza, Chatham on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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Organ donation ‘a very Jewish thing’
10/11/2017

Second go-round for Morristown doctor searching for new kidney

by Robert WienerNJJN Staff WriterOctober 11, 2017Unlike many other people with failing kidneys, Dr. Marc Rubman claims to enjoy much of the time he spends on dialysis each week.
“I use my laptop and the Internet to study for my upcoming medical board exams and to watch television,” he told NJJN. “It is one of the very few times in my life when no one can bother me. It is a time I can turn my brain off. I have made my peace with dialysis.”
Rubman, an orthopedic surgeon at Morristown Medical Center, knows, however, that an organ transplant is a healthier alternative to having his blood purified by machine, a procedure he undergoes three times a week for a total of 15 hours. 
“Long-term dialysis is not particularly good for people,” he said. “I have been on this round for 16 months, and, as with anything, long exposure to chemicals is not great.” 
Rubman’s condition, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), is a genetic disorder that affects some 600,000 Americans and 12.4 million people around the world.

 

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Wayne Drehs revisits the Jason Ray story a decade later
10/11/2017

ESPN The Magazine’s Wayne Drehs discusses the impact that E:60’s “Ray of Hope” made when the story was first told 10 years ago. On Tuesday night’s anniversary special, (8 p.m. ET on ESPN) E:60 revisits the story of former UNC mascot Jason Ray and speaks to some of the people who were directly impacted by his decision to become an organ donor. Drehs’ written story will be available on ESPN.com on Monday.Molly Mita and David Scott produced the video at the top of the post.


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7 things to know about the newest Nobel laureate and his N.J. roots – NJ.com
10/11/2017

The latest Nobel laureate — a University Chicago professor honored for his revolutionary economics theories — can trace his roots back to New Jersey.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Monday awarded Richard Thaler, a pioneer of behavioral economics, the 2017 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. In announcing the award, the organization praised Thaler’s theories, which integrated psychology and a consideration of human nature into the study of economics.While you may not be familiar with Thaler’s name, his work has more than likely impacted your life. Here’s what you need to know about New Jersey’s newest Nobel laureate.

 

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National Minority Donor Awareness Week recognized
9/1/2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Keith Gerald has a very big reason to celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Week. Two years ago, Gerald received a heart and liver transplant.
“I want to honor donors, especially minority donors,” Gerald said. “I want to thank them on behalf of the recipient. I recognize it’s hard to be an organ donor, especially as a minority. There’s a distrust of doctors and people don’t realize how important this is until it affects their family. After people are educated, they want to donate. Education is a big part.”
Minority Donor Awareness week, held Aug. 1 to 7, had two purposes: to honor and thank multicultural organ donors and their families, and also to underscore the critical need for people from diverse communities to register as organ and tissue donors.
NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue, promoted several events through the week, especially in diverse areas such as Plainfield.
Donations are needed for minorities more than ever before in New Jersey, according to the organization. In its Aug. 2 press release, it said more than 4,000 patients are waiting for an organ transplant in New Jersey, including 1,705 minorities.
Although organ and tissue transplant possibilities aren’t determined by race or ethnicity, the chances of finding a match increase if backgrounds are similar.
Gerald, who went from volunteer to an employee of NJ Sharing Network, helps spread the message by sharing his own story. He was a junior in college and getting good grades when suddenly he developed flu-like symptoms. After several tests, it was discovered a virus had left his heart damaged and pumping at only 32 percent. Numerous hospital visits and medications later, Gerald became depressed and fearful of dying.
“I went back to school and was doing my student teaching when I got my heart transplant,” hesaid. “Everyone was crying. In the (19)50’s, needing a transplant was a death sentence.”
Compounding the problem was when further tests discovered he needed a liver transplant, too.“I was sent home with more medication. I finished the semester before stopping school because I had an IV in my arm and the doctor added me to a list for a heart and liver transplant,” he said.
“I thought I’d never get it…Six months to a year was the average wait. In 29 days I got a call and I was so happy. I was scared for the surgery, but I knew I needed it. Five months later, I ran a 5K in the greatest time and met other recipients. It’s amazing what I can do now.


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New Jersey State Legislative Developments: August 2017
9/1/2017

He also signed legislation to amend the Health Care Quality Act to require health insurance carriers, such as the State Health Benefits Program and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program to inform covered persons about organ and tissue donation.  This will go into effect in September 2017 and amends N.J.S.A. 26:2S-1. et. seq.

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Essex County students receive volunteer awards
8/16/2017

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) honored three Essex County high school students with the Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards. 
The recipients of the awards were recognized for their contributions to many different causes, including working with a nonprofit to prevent the transmission of malaria, fund-raising and educating people on the importance of organ donation, and volunteering in a local first aid squad and as a firefighter. This marks the 14th year of the award. 
Max Price, a senior at West Essex Regional High School in North Caldwell, was one of three award recipients.
Since the age of 13, he has been fund-raising for the NJ Sharing Network (NJSN), an organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant. 
Over the past five years, Max attracted hundreds of people to join his team, Max’s Mitzvah Movers, to participate in the NJ Sharing Network 5K. He has also become a certified volunteer for the organization, a member of the NJSN cycling team, and one of their keynote speakers. In his time volunteering, Max has been able to raise over $70,000.


Read more at New Jersey Jewish News

The Barones join Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany
8/11/2017

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is happy to announce two new members joined the organization on Thursday, August 10 at the weekly breakfast meeting held at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46.
Jan and Joseph Barone are the newest members to join.  Long-time member Doreen Brennan was instrumental in bringing the Barone’s to Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany is part of Kiwanis International which is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The members, Kiwanians, are service-minded men and women who are united in their commitment and compassion for others.
Any community need can become a Kiwanis service project, especially the needs of children. Kiwanis service projects range from efforts that help local communities to Kiwanis International’s Worldwide Service Project for the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders.


Read more at Parsippany Focus

 

 

Conaway & Mukherji Bill to Allow Health Insurance Carriers Provide Info on Tissue and Organ Donation Now Law
8/7/2017


(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway and Raj Mukherji to require health insurance carriers, SBHP, and SEHBP to disseminate information about organ and tissue donation has been signed into law.
The law (A-4230), which supplements the "Health Care Quality Act," requires carriers to provide to subscribers written informational materials about organ and tissue donation and registration at each contract renewal.
"An opportunity to share information on tissue and organ donation is a chance to save a life," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "One person can help or save more than 50 lives through tissue and organ donation. With this law, we can reach more residents and, hopefully, encourage more people to consider becoming a donor."
According to the NJ Sharing Network, over 2.5 million New Jersey are registered organ and tissue donors. More than 122, 000 people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and nearly 5,000 in New Jersey residents. In 2015, 95 people died while waiting at a New Jersey transplant center. 
"Organ and tissue donation saves many lives every year," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "A tissue donor, for example, can help patients facing life-threatening burns or restore hope and mobility to military men and women whose bones or joints have been injured in combat. More donors could mean shorter waiting lists and saving more lives in New Jersey."
The materials must be developed or approved by a federally designated organ procurement organization, and must inform subscribers as to how to make an anatomical gift, including information on the registration of a gift in the Donate Life New Jersey registry. 

 Read more at Assembly Democrats

Kidney recipient meets donor’s family
7/26/2017

WANTAGE -- As Chuck Babcock sat on a plane headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport on the morning of June 19, he was filled with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. After months and months of correspondence via letters, he was finally about to meet in person the family of Chelsea Boggs, the woman whose kidney Babcock received following her death from suicide two years earlier.
"Going down, I was a little nervous," Babcock, 31, admitted. "I didn't know how they were really going to react."
Even though Boggs' family -- her parents, Dave and Alice, and her brother, Evan -- had already expressed their desire to meet the recipient of one of Chelsea's kidneys, Babcock still felt hesitant. Perhaps this anticipation that something would go wrong was understandable, given how his own body had betrayed him following two previous kidney transplants.
Babcock was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when he was 8 years old, and he received a transplant from his mother Linda two years later. His new kidney lasted for over seven years, until a study drug damaged it by causing scar tissue. His cousin donated the next kidney, which lasted for only a year and a half because it had extra blood vessels that started to collapse.
Babcock was put on peritoneal dialysis, which uses the abdominal lining to clean a patient's blood, for a few months after losing the second kidney. Then, his health took a turn for the worse...

...Read the story at NJ Herald

Cookout, kickball tournament to be held at Plainfield’s Milt Campbell Field on August 5
7/20/2017

See event details at Tap into Plainfield

CCM student on a mission to increase organ donor awareness
7/12/2017

PARISPPANY — A County College of Morris (CCM) graduate, who has returned to the college as a part-time Nursing student, is using his experience as an organ transplant recipient to help others.
Cameron Wohl, of Parsippany, earned his associate degree in Exercise Science from CCM in 2010, received part of his older brother Jared’s liver three years ago. Since then, the brothers have worked together to produce a documentary about that experience. The documentary, called “65 Percent,” can be seen on their website, The Wave Set – www.thewaveset.com – which is part of a campaign to raise awareness about organ donation.
“More than anything, I felt here I was faced with circumstances out of my control, but that wasn’t necessarily going to define me,” says Cameron, 28. “What would define me is how I would react to it. So many people are faced with situations they can’t necessarily control. We felt we could definitely help with that.” 

Read more at the Parsippany Focus

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7/12/2017

Donating an organ has the potential to save multiple lives and you can provide someone in need with the gift of life. In the final installment of our three-part series we hear from a woman whose outlook on life changed after receiving a transplant.Birmingham Hospital Conducts Kidney TransplantBirmingham Hospital Conducts Kidney Transplant (Christopher Furlong, Getty Images) January 27, 2014 was the day Dorthea Duffy’s life changed for the better with a new kidney after being on dialysis for nearly four years following a diagnoses of renal kidney failure.It was the result, she says, of an autoimmune disease known as Wegener’s Granulomatosis.“It’s a very uncommon disease and it’s not genetic or contagious and they really do not know the source of it,” said Duffy.

Read More at WOMB.com  |  How an organ transplant can save lives in New Jersey and across the nation

How you can help thousands of Americans in need of a kidney or liver
7/12/2017

Yesterday we told you the great need for organ donations in New Jersey and across the country. In part-two of our three-part series on its importance we find out why people are hesitant to donate their organs.Birmingham Hospital Conducts Kidney TransplantBirmingham Hospital Conducts Kidney Transplant (Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)President of the New Jersey Sharing Network Joe Roth says while many people may want to donate, they fear that once they register, they’re signing their life away.“I’ve had highly educated people tell me that, ‘oh I support organ donation but I wouldn’t sign up on the registry because I’m superstitious…I believe that a truck will hit me as soon as I sign up for it’,” said Roth.He says the bottomline is that everyone of all races and religions may one day be in need of an organ transplant.

Read Full Story at WOMB.com |  How you can help thousands of Americans in need of a kidney or liver 

New Providence PBA 2nd Annual Car Show
7/12/2017

The New Providence PBA local 132 Will be hosting its 2nd Annual Car Show and the proceeds will benefit the New Jersey Sharing Network. Please come out and show some support and enjoy a day of cars, music and food.

...Event Info here

Cranford's Emma Rothman Recieves NJ Sharing Network Scholarship
7/11/2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Cranford’s Emma Rothman, along with three other college-bound students, received a scholarship from NJ Sharing Network Monday morning. The network is a non-profit devoted to saving lives through tissue and organ donation.

Rothman received a heart transplant at age 12 after sudden heart failure due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Less than five weeks later, Rothman participated in the NJ Sharing Network’s first annual 5K to honor her personal donor and has worked with them ever since.
“Emma started Hearts for Emma, initially to support families in need in the hospital whose children were waiting for transplants,” Dan Sarnowski, who presented Emma’s scholarship, said. “Originally, it was meal plans for families to get out of the hospital and get a nice meal. A simple start to an amazing fund.”  

 

...Read the story at Tap into Cranford

 

 

Finding hope, finding organs: How donating organs helps save lives
7/10/2017

Once the Assistant Attorney General in New Jersey, Terry Merced is now retired and living in North Carolina but finds himself in need of a kidney. In the first part of our three-part series on the importance of organ donations, Terry shares some of the fear and anxiety from battling the illness and being on a transplant list. 

Diagnosed with End Stage Renal (Kidney) Disease Terry says he may one day need dialysis but getting a kidney with only 11-percent of it currently functioning will help more long term.“A kidney transplant is an alternative which literally can get me functioning back to normal,” said Merced.Terry was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1953 and lived in Elizabeth, Union County, graduated High School in 1971 before moving on to earn his degree in English/Education at Saint Peter’s University.After teaching for seven years in Elizabeth of which he also earned a law degree at Seton Hall University School of Law, he began a 25-year career working for the State of New Jersey.

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The Pivotal Leader with Gina Trimarco - EPISODE 35: WITH JOSEPH ROTH, CEO, NJ SHARING NETWOR
6/26/2017

In this episode of The Pivotal Leader, Gina Trimarco spoke to Joseph (Joe) Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization that saves lives through organ and tissue donation in New Jersey and one of the few non-profits that is “excruciatingly regulated” by federal law.

He has fostered a culture of selflessness, where each of the 180+ employees feel a sense of responsibility for the success of the organization, and more importantly, for the lives that depend on it.

In this podcast interview, Joe talks about how he and his leadership team have built a collaborative and team-focused environment in an organization with highly stressful and emotional jobs.

Listen to the podcast at Pivot10Results

Heart transplant surgeon becomes first woman to win coveted American Heart Association Award
6/22/2017

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has the largest heart transplant program on the East Coast. Its surgical director is the first woman ever to win the American Heart Association‘s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Margarita Camacho has performed more heart transplants than any other surgeon in New Jersey and more than 98 percent of the surgeons in the United States. Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron asked Dr. Camacho what the honor means to her.

..Read the story at NJTV

How a hockey team in NJ kept the memory of a young fan alive –
6/21/2017

The special relationship between a young girl, her family and a high school hockey team in central New Jersey is something that will stay with the parties involved forever.
In January, 13-year-old Marisa Rose Tufaro died. Her father, Courier News (N.J.) sports writer Greg Tufaro, penned a touching tribute to his daughter upon her untimely passing.
As he told it, a heart transplant, which was supposed to extend Marisa’s life, tragically cut it short after a postoperative complication developed into a rare form of Stage IV cancer to which she succumbed following a valiant battle.

 

...Read more at USA Today

Local high school students honored with NCJW/Essex Volunteer Awards
6/21/2017

Prince, a senior at West Essex Regional High School and treasurer for the National Honor Society, along with being a key member of more than six different clubs at his school, has always had a passion for igniting change and being a leader. Since the age of 13, he has been fundraising for the NJ Sharing Network (NJSN), an organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant.

His passion for organ donation came after finding out that his younger brother was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and only one working lung, according to NCJW/Essex. Over the past five years, Prince has been able to draw in hundreds of people to join his team, Max’s Mitzvah Movers, to participate in the NJ Sharing Network 5K

 

 

...Read More at TAP into West Essex

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Beloved orchestra teacher dies in cycling crash
6/14/2017

The public school district was devastated this week by news of the sudden death of Jocelyn Gertel, a long-time middle-school orchestra teacher, a school administrator said Tuesday.
Gertel, who lived in Ridgewood, died following a bicycling accident last week in Hawthorne.
A spokesman for the Hawthorne Police Department was not available to comment Tuesday on details of the accident.
According to online tributes from friends, Gertel was riding her bike downhill when she lost control and pitched over the handlebars. She was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, where she later died.

...Read more at NJ.com

Two-way video hookup puts Lodi students in transplant operating room
5/24/2017

Lodi High School senior Gimelyn Yray is already enrolled in a pre-med program at William Paterson University and has dreams of being a pediatric surgeon. After seeing a live kidney transplant, she said she is now more motivated than ever.  
High school students were able to get an up-close look at a kidney transplant surgery at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on Tuesday, when they were virtually inserted into an operating room at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
Students were able to interact in real time with Dr. Stuart Geffner as he performed the kidney removal and transplant as the students watched and asked questions. 
Liberty Science Center shows four live transplants a month: Geffner performs two kidney transplants, and two heart transplants are shown from Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark. The high-definition viewing is two-way, so Geffner can also see and hear the students and answer their questions as he is performing the surgery. 

 

 

...Read More at Northjersey.com

 

Runners stampede through Newton
5/23/2017

NEWTON — A huge temperature drop from the night before and some unexpected rain didn't stop runners from stampeding through the sprawling countryside at Lodestar Park on Saturday, May 20. This year's Stampede 5K and Mile Fun Run honored the memory of local firewoman and EMT Terrie DeFabritis of Stillwater who passed away in January after a double lung transplant. Proceeds benefit her favorite charity, The NJ Sharing Network. 
“I definitely haven't raced like that in a long time,” said Chelsea Gummerson, the race winner, who also happens to be one of DeFabritis' six children. “It felt good to go fast, but it also hurts when you aren't used to it. It was great to be out here and have everyone here remembering Mom.” 
The Gummerson family and the love of DeFabritis' life, Bill Talmage, put photos and memories of her for all to see, and many of them walked in the race. “It was a great race and a great way to remember her,” Talmage said after the race. “She was an amazing lady.” 

...Read more at The Sparta Independent

 

 

The 5K Celebration of Life on May 7th in Long Branch and was another great day to honor, to remember and to give hope. You can see a short video at this link and photos on our Facebook page.
5/12/2017

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Middletown man makes the most of his 2nd heart
5/9/2017

he heart attack was so massive, David Yakencheck was given last rites.
That was 2001, and the Middletown resident survived, but he did so on borrowed time because the left ventricle was so badly damaged. A pacemaker and defibrillator kept him going until 2007, when the call came: It was his turn for a heart transplant.
He received the heart of a 19-year-old from North Carolina, Nicholas Lanier, who had died in an accident. Last fall, after nearly a decade of sporadic correspondence, he met Nick’s family face-to-face...

...Read the story at Asbury Park Press

Jacqueline Salvatore is able to provide a silver lining in the darkest of moments
5/6/2017

Rahway resident Jacqueline Salvatore is a Family Services Coordinator (FSC) at NJ Sharing Network. Jacqueline has developed a passion for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Joining the NJ Sharing Network team in September 2016, her role as FSC focuses on providing care, support, information and education to organ and tissue donor families during and after the discussion of the donation process. Jacqueline works hand in hand with the onsite medical team and other NJ Sharing Network staff to ensure that potential donor families are supported throughout the entire process while addressing any emotional needs, including grief support. She helps families honor the gift their loved ones gave through a flag raising and other tributes to their memory. She can also connect donor families with their loved ones’ transplant recipients...

...Read more at Renna Media

Update on the child who received an organ donation from her sitter
5/3/2017

So many of us followed the story of baby Talia and the selfless act of kindness from her babysitter. So how are they doing now? Here’s how you can still help.If you missed the story of baby Talia and her incredibly generous college student babysitter from Monmouth County, and to see the ‘before’ photos, CLICK HERE. It is a heartwarming story of love, selflessness, generosity that goes above and beyond, and the chance for a baby girl to live who otherwise may not have made it very far.Now for the update. Here’s what Talia’s mom Farra says:(Photo from Farra Roskoe)(Kiersten and Talia now, Photo from Farra Rosko)“We are 3.5 months post-transplant. Both of our ladies are doing great. Kiersten (the sitter) is back to her old self, spending time with her friends and family.Talia is doing amazing and is very, very active, She has gained more weight (she is about 23 lbs) and we have dropped her steroids, Zantac and her antiviral medicine. We have also gone to monthly blood draws instead of bi-weekly.

 

Read more at 94.3 The Point

 

2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float to reflect the gift of time and generosity of organ and tissue donors worldwide
5/2/2017

Before more than 13,000 cheering participants at the 15th Annual Donate Life Run/Walk event held this past weekend, OneLegacy unveiled the design for the Donate Life Rose Parade® float that will be featured at the 2018 Tournament of Roses® parade.This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170502006436/en/This year’s float entry, The Gift of Time, reflects the parade’s theme of Making a Difference by celebrating the power of kindness and the generous acts of people throughout the world who are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Perhaps no act is more emblematic of this than becoming an organ or tissue donor: a single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and tissue.Among those riding on the Donate Life Rose Parade® float will be former NFL coach Sam Wyche who received a donated heart in North Carolina in 2016, just hours before he was going to be transferred to hospice care. Wyche’s appearance is being co-sponsored by LifeShare of The Carolinas, Donate Life South Carolina and Sharing Hope of South Carolina. Additional participants honored on the float include Austin Elder, a sports and outdoors enthusiast who became an eye and tissue donor, sponsored by Trenton’s Legacy as well as heart recipient Yolanda Harshaw and her donor Melissa Owen, sponsored by ARORA.

 

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2 local residents join NJ Sharing Network board
4/27/2017

NEW PROVIDENCE - NJ Sharing Network recently made strategic appointments to its Board of Trustees to further fulfill the organization's mission of saving lives through organ and tissue donation. John Creel, Director of Transplant Marketing for the Immunology & Dermatology Business Unit of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, now joins the NJ Sharing Network Board of Trustees. Creel is a seasoned marketing and sales professional with 20 years of experience building and leading dynamic teams, growing pharmaceutical brands and addressing unmet needs to improve patients' lives.

Creel has been with Novartis Pharmaceuticals for over 10 years and prior to being appointed to the role of Director of Transplant Marketing, Creel served as Director of Strategy and Operations, Critical Care Business Unit; Area Sales Manager, Multiple Sclerosis Business Unit; and Associate Director, Marketing for the Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroscience, and Cardiovascular Business Units. Prior to working for Novartis, he was Director of Marketing at Pfizer."

John brings a track record of driving performance in the highly specialized disease area of transplantation," said Joe Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. "He is a motivated and passionate leader who brings years of expertise to our leadership team. We are fortunate to have him join our Board."Creel received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and attended the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. 

 

Read more at NJ.com

Summit resident joins NJ Sharing Network Board of Trustees
4/27/2017

SUMMIT, NJ — John Creel of Summit was recently appointed to the board of trustees for NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit organization that recovers and places organ donations. Creel, himself a registered organ donor, is the director of transplant marketing for the immunology and dermatology business unit at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
“I discovered NJ Sharing Network after my family participated in the 5K in New Providence,” Creel told LocalSource in an April 24 phone interview. “I also crossed paths with them for work. I’ve seen what they’ve done for people, and many friends and neighbors are supporters of them and the work they do.”
Creel said he looks forward to spreading awareness in his new role and looks forward to supporting the cause.

 

Read more at Union News Daily

 

Two-hundred-fifty purple baby hats and counting
4/26/2017

A couple of people who came were from congregations that have knitting/crocheting ministries, and both of them said they were looking for places to donate shawls.

Thanks to my friend Arlene Kaplan, who was not at the mall on Tuesday, I know that the Sharing Network in New Providence is looking for shawls and wraps to give to the families of people who have been organ donors. I wrote about the Sharing Network last Thanksgiving, and you can still find that post on mycentraljersey.com (or just google "Pam MacKenzie Sharing Network" to find it). Arlene says at the rate they are producing shawls, it will take about two years to make a wrap for everyone on their list of donor-family members. If you'd like to donate shawls or wraps, get in touch with the Sharing Network at 691 Central Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974 or call 800-742-7365.

 

Read more at myCentralJersey.com

New Providence showed its support of National Donate Life Month.
4/26/2017

 

 

Read more at TAP into New Providence

 

Special program featuring NJ Sharing Network CEO Joe Roth
4/20/2017

PARSIPPANY — Members of the Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group held a special meeting on March 8 with guest speaker Joe Roth, New Jersey Sharing Network CEO.  Mr. Roth spoke about the organization’s  2016 accomplishments.
Organ transplantation is a vital lifesaving tool.  Over 118,000 men and women across the country are on the organ donor wait list according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.
Mr. Roth spoke about advancements in organ transplantation and statistics on donation, transplants performed.  2016 was a record breaking year for NJ Sharing Network as NJSN celebrates its 30th anniversary. During 2016, NJSN helped make 613 organ transplants possible, broken down into 138 liver, 24 pancreas, 299 kidney, 70 heart and 82 lung transplants. This represents a 15% increase from 2015 figures.
Members of the MCMOTG have had kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and tissue/bone transplants, are on the wait list, have donated as well as family.  Members live in Parsippany, Morristown, Morris Township, Boonton, Denville, Chatham and Lake Hopatcong.

 

Read more at Parsippany Focus

Organ transplant group kicks off Donate Life Month with fundraising dinner
4/15/2017

PARSIPPANY — Merriment was abundant at Gourmet Cafe, 136 Baldwin Road, on April 3 as members and friends of the Morris County Organ Transplant Group kicked-off their annual Donate Life Month activities.  Also attending the dinner were representatives of NJ Sharing Network and members of Team Liberty who participate in the Transplant Games of America.


The money raised was donated to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation.
Other Donate Life Month activities of the group include a display case full of information on the lower level of the main library branch and tying green ribbons on trees around town.

 

Read more at Parsippany Focus

Blue and green ribbons herald Donate Life Month
4/15/2017

NEWTON and SPARTA — On Thursday, Mardh 30, Erin Louglas, the owner of Between the Bread on Spring Street in Newton, hosted a special event for the NJ Sharing Network and to help spread awareness of this vital organization. Green and blue ribbons were tied around the County Seat's main thoroughfare because April is Donate Life Month.


“My mom is an Organ Recovery Specialist for the NJ Share Network,” Louglas said. “April is national Donate Life Month. Volunteers met at our cafe this morning and decorated the street with green and blue ribbon to spread awareness of the importance of organ donation.” She added, “[Through organ donation] one person can donate and save eight lives and enhance a whole lot more. There are currently 49 people waiting for a transplant right here in Sussex County. The Sharing Network is a really special group of people and they save so many lives so we were more then happy to let them use Between The Bread as home base for this whole thing.” 

Read more at The Township Journal

South Side family grateful for decision in New Jersey
4/15/2017

Mixed emotions of gratitude, guilt and grief were overflowing in the heart of a local woman when she met the New Jersey family who donated their late son’s pancreas to save her life.
In the midst of death, a second chance at life was given.


On Sunday, the New Jersey Sharing Network honored 15-year-old Luke Bautista and his family for their donations to the organization. The Bautistas invited the local woman and her family to join the celebration. The Sharing Network helps recover and place donated organs.


Missy Masse, her husband Chris Masse and their 10-year-old daughter Katie drove to New Providence, New Jersey to meet the people who changed her life forever. The Masse family lives in South Williamsport.
“It was impossible to grasp that (Missy Masse) was going to walk through the door with a piece of our son,” Carla Bautista said.


The family’s decision to donate their son’s organs, bone, tissue and veins saved around 100 lives, according to the network. Missy Masse was one of those people.

 

Read More at Sun-Gazettle

The Impact of One Life
4/6/2017

Once upon a time, a beautiful little Jewish girl was enrolled in a local synagogue nursery school. When it came time for kindergarten, most of her classmates were going to enroll in the local Orthodox day school. The little girl’s parents were very Jewishly oriented but were not Orthodox. The little girl was very sad. She wanted to be with her friends. Being good parents they wanted to see their daughter happy, so they made an appointment to see the school and meet with the principal. The school made a very positive impression on the parents as far as the education piece was concerned. However, not being Orthodox, they were very concerned about potential conflicts that might arise between what their daughter would learn in school and what the family did at home.

 

Read more at Jewish Link of New Jersey

Organ transplants on the rise, but more people left on waiting lists
4/6/2017

Denise Schneider can’t breathe well most days, but that’s what happens when lungs function at only 15 percent.

A tube that runs over one ear, under her nose and over to the other ear is her primary source of oxygen. A machine keeps her alive.
Schneider hopes to soon get on the wait list at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia for a double lung transplant. But as regional hospitals are doing more transplants, the number of people on waiting lists rises faster.

Read more at Press of Atlantic City

5K Celebration of Life hosted by NJ Sharing Network
4/5/2017

 

View Photos at NorthJersey.com

Gourmet Café fundraiser to support NJ Sharing Network
4/2/2017

PARSIPPANY — The Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group is hosting a fundraiser at Gourmet Cafe on Monday, April 3, as part of the group’s celebration of Donate Life Month in April.  The purpose of the month-long promotion is to highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation awareness.  

A portion of sales from the day including lunch and dinner, eat in and take-out, as well as gift certificates go to the New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation.

 

 

 

Read more at Parsippany Focus

Donate Life Month
4/1/2017

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NJ Sharing Network partnered with RWJBarnabas Health for a campaign during Donate Life Month. appeared in the following publications:

Asbury Park Press
Daily Record
Courier News
Home News Tribune
The Trenton Times
The Star-Ledger
Hunterdon Democrat

 

 

 

 

 

Family of teen organ donor has rare meeting with recipient
4/1/2017

Most mornings when she opens her eyes, Missy Masse reaches for the insulin pump.

It's not there.


The 37-year-old Pennsylvania mom forgets: She has been cured of diabetes. But she’ll always remember the reason — an organ donation from 15-year-old Luke Bautista of Wall.


After Luke died in an accident at home last May, his organs helped save the lives of five people. Masse got his pancreas.
“I feel amazing,” she said. “I still, some days, wake up and think it’s not real.”


Read more at Asbury Park Press

Sparta Township Council proclaims April Donate Life Month
4/1/2017

SPARTA, NJ – The gift of life was celebrated at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday night.  Sparta Mayor Gil Gibbs read a proclamation recognizing April as National Donate Life month.  Kelly Bonaventure was there to accept the proclamation on behalf of the New Jersey Sharing Network.


Bonaventure shared some statistic about organ donation.  “There are 120,000 in this country on the transplant waiting list, five thousand in New Jersey, 49 in Sussex County and six right here in Sparta.” She read a poem by Robert Test titled “To Remember Me,” that inspired her in high school to “go right to the DMV and become an organ donor.”


Bonaventure wanted people to know that it is not necessary to go to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to become a donor.  It can now be done online.


Read more at TAP into Sparta 

Ribbons encourage support for organ donation
4/1/2017

Six years ago today, the love of Dan Sarnowski's life, Betsy Niles, died.
The day before, Niles, 60, had been struck by a motor vehicle while walking to catch a morning train in Montclair to go to work into New York City. The driver, blinded by the sun, had been unable to see her.
That evening, as Niles lay dying in a hospital, Sarnowski and Niles' daughter, Alexandra, were approached by a transplant coordinator for the New Jersey Sharing Network, who asked if Niles was an organ donor.
She wasn't, but, Sarnowski recalled, her daughter said, "I know my mother. She would give everything she could." Thus, a man in Newark has been off kidney dialysis for six years after receiving Niles' kidney, and 35 people had their lives improved due to tissue donation.
Green and blue ribbons that festoon Spring Street in Newton and the Main Street/Sparta Avenue/White Deer Plaza/Town Center Drive area in Sparta stand as testimonial to Niles and to others whose lives have been shared through organ and tissue donation.
Sarnowski, who now lives in Sparta, has been a volunteer with the New Jersey Sharing Network since shortly after Niles' death and on Thursday was among the group of volunteers who tied ribbons on lampposts in Newton. In April, he will visit area high schools to speak about the importance of organ donation.

 

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Teaneck hospital worker, transplant patient is young at heart
4/1/2017

TEANECK, N.J. — The heart of a would-be 25-year-old man beats inside of Holy Name Medical Center employee Myrtis Moore.


She doesn't think about it often, but the lime green bracelet she wears on her right wrist reminds her.
It reads: "New Jersey Sharing Network," an organization and community she became a part of when she received her heart transplant in 2008.


"God gave me a second life for a reason," said Moore, the materials manager for the hospital's operating rooms.

 

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O’Scanlon’s bill allowing minors to register as organ donors passes in Assembly
3/31/2017

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon that would allow minors as young as 14 years old register as organ donors was passed overwhelmingly, 74-0, in the Assembly on Thursday.  Currently, the youngest a person can register as a organ donor in New Jersey is 18.  The legislation gives parents of minor organ donors the ability to overrule the registration.
O’Scanlon worked on the bill with the NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization that manages the state’s organ transplant system.
“Children in need of organ transplants usually require organs smaller than those an adult can provide,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “Teens will be empowered to memorialize their wishes. The act is both selfless and admirable. The bill may also help to provide parents both guidance and comfort during a time of unimaginable loss.”

The Monmouth County legislator said the initiative is an opportunity for the Legis

 

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Ray legacy lives on after death
3/30/2017

Charlotte Ray remembers vividly the day her son nervously asked her blessing to be the Tar Heel mascot.
Growing up in a University of Kentucky household, Jason Ray was unsure what his Wildcat parents would think of him masquerading as UNC-Chapel Hill’s Rameses.


“He calls me up, and he said, ‘I would love to do that,’ ” Charlotte Ray said. “He said, ‘I wonder what Dad would say.’ I said, ‘Jason, honey, that is your school, and if that’s what you want to do, you go ahead and apply.’ ”


Equally as vivid stands the day her teenage son announced he had become an organ donor.
Jason, then 18, proudly placed his renewed driver’s license down on the kitchen table in their Concord home, slightly crestfallen as his mother at first pretended not to notice the heart sticker in the bottom corner.

 

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Transplant recipient grateful to donor’s family
3/29/2017

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- Over the weekend, we showed you a woman from Lycoming County meeting the family in New Jersey that donated the organs of their 15-year-old son.


Now, she's back home in the Williamsport area and talking with Newswatch 16 about what it meant to meet that family and the special, lifesaving friendship she now shares.


The woman from South Williamsport needed a pancreas transplant. She spent more than three years on a waiting list. When she finally got the call that she had a match, she never expected the outcome would mean so much to a family she had never met.


"It feels normal but this whole weekend still feels kind of surreal for me," said Missy Masse.

 

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Laughs For Life Event to Benefit NJ Sharing Network and Family Options Adoption Agency
3/29/2017

Monmouth County Referral Group, Red Bank, NJ, will hold its annual charity event, “Laughs For Life,” on Thursday, March 16, 6-9pm at Salt Creek Grille, Rumson, NJ. The evening will include business networking, a silent auction, and a comedy show featuring NYC club favorite Doug Karpf. Net proceeds of the event will benefit two local charities, NJ Sharing Network and Family Options Adoption Agency and Counseling Center. 


Tickets are priced at $75.00 each, or $140.00 per couple. Event sponsorships are available at $100.00. All tickets be purchased through our website at http://www.monmouthcountyreferrals.com/ 
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization committed to saving and enhancing lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. They are responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation. They are also part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the more than 120,000 people on waiting lists. 


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Scholarships available for those affected by organ donation
3/28/2017

 

J Sharing Network is offering two $5,000 scholarships – $2,500 per semester – for the 2017-18 academic year.
The Betsy Niles scholarship is offered in memory of Niles, a children’s book editor and lifelong resident of Montclair whose organs were donated in 2011.
The Missy’s Miracle Scholarship was created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Missy Rodriguez’s liver transplant. She was 10 years old when she had her liver transplant and spreads awareness that children are also affected by organ and tissue donation.

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Organ donation from NJ teen helps Williamsport woman
3/28/2017

WILLIAMSPORT -- An organ donation from a teen in New Jersey has helped a woman from Lycoming County.
Luke Bautista died last year, but his donated organs helped save almost 100 other people.
One recipient from our area met Luke's family for the first time on Sunday.
Missy Masse walks through the door of the NJ Sharing Network into the open arms of the Bautista family. Her six-hour drive from Williamsport to New Jersey may never have happened at all if not for the lifesaving donation from their 15-year-old son.
Last May, Luke Bautista died in an accident in their New Jersey home. The decision was made by older brother C.J. to donate Luke's organs.
"It's pretty crazy," said C.J. "You can take parts of him and put them in someone else. They're living on now and improved Missy's life and it's pretty cool."

 

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Teen organ donor saves nearly 100 lives
3/27/2017

MONMOUTH COUNTY, Nj.– A New jersey teenager, who died last year, is helping others even after his death. The 15-year old’s organs and tissues were donated, helping save almost 100-hundred lives. His family met the woman who received his pancreas, on Sunday.


Missy Masse walked through the door of the New Jersey Sharing Network and into the open arms of the Bautista family. Masse’s six-hour drive from Williamsport, Pa. to Monmouth County, New Jersey may not have happened at all, if it wasn’t for the life-saving donation from their 15-year-old son.


Last May, Luke Bautista died in an accident at their home. The heart-wrenching decision was made by older brother C.J. to donate Luke’s organs.

 

 

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Family tragically lost their son a year ago, but his organs and tissue helped dozens
3/27/2017

Two families came together in New Providence on Sunday to celebrate a 15-year-old boy whose organ donations changed the lives of many.


Luke Bautista was 15-years-old when he lost his life in a tragic accident last May. After doctors told Luke’s parents about an organ donor program called The Sharing Network, they realized that his organs could be used to keep others alive.


“There's no question. This is what Luke would do. He was such a giver," Carla Bautista said of her son.
Luke's heart, liver, and two kidneys have already been given to others and his tissues have helped dozens of people.


When a diabetic woman named Missy Masse found out that his pancreas was a match for her body, she was so grateful she reached out to the family.

 

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Two families brought together by heart donor
3/26/2017

 

POMPTON LAKES – It's been about two years since Thomas Eliezer received a life-saving heart transplant. Since then, the 47-year-old and his family have become very close to his donor's family.
This type of connection is uncommon, said Eliezer, who spoke at a NJ Sharing Network event recently with Gerry Mead, the widower of his heart donor - Barbara Mead.


The event recognized organ and tissue donors, transplant recipients, and members of the community who support the organization. The two told their stories in emotional speeches through tears and laughter. They remarked on their unique, and now strong friendship, and they urged support of organ donation and NJ Sharing Network. Barbara Mead was also recognized on what's known as the Landscape of Life.

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NJ Sharing Network announces 2017-2018 scholarship opportunities
3/20/2017

 

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Breaking records, organ donations keep rising
3/19/2017

Barbara Mead told her husband years ago that she wanted to be an organ donor. Gerry Mead didn't want to. The Williamstown couple talked about it from time to time, but could not agree on the matter.

"When we pass, I'd like to be buried intact," he told her.
"If I can help someone, that's what I want to do — that's what I'm here for," she'd argue back.
It was a hypothetical conversation, the kind couples think will never really be tested in life. But on May 10, 2015, Mother's Day, the 52-year-old teacher's aide slipped and fell. The next day, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, Mead learned his wife of 29 years and the mother of his two sons was brain-dead and would not recover. She was listed as an organ donor, he was told. Would he honor her wishes?
"I said, 'Oh my God, she got me.'" Gerry Mead recalled. "She wins again."

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Life & Living with Joanna Gagis
3/17/2017

We’re often reminded of the cliché “the children are our future,” but we rarely take a moment to think about what that really means. Educating our youth by encouraging their mental and physical growth and providing them with the tools they need to succeed are vital when attempting to create a better future for our world. This is something that LifeCamp firmly believes.
LifeCamp is an educational and activity-based camp offered every summer to kids between six and 13-years-old who come from the greater Newark public school system as well as the Newark Charter School Programs. The six-week program is located on the Life Farm in the Morris County section of Pottersville. It offers an opportunity for campers to learn life skills and brush up on their academics, art and athletics. LifeCamp strives to inspire kids to learn, play and succeed by providing them the resources to do so.


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New Providence Borough Council honors local businesses
3/14/2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council honored the New Providence business community at its Monday, March 13 meeting for their continued contribution to the community. “The town wouldn’t be what it is without you,” Mayor Al Morgan said.


Morgan presented the certificates to the following businesses with representatives attending: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Creative Wallcoverings, Davies and Associates, Elefante Music, Investor’s Savings Bank, NP Lions Club, Martial Arts for Life, NJ Sharing Network, Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream and Prestige Diner. Additionally, Lantern Hill, Braunsweiger’s Jewelers, UC Board of Chosen Freeholders, Lassus Wherley, Overlook Medical Center and Summit Medical Group also earned the certificate.


The business community supports many local events, including such New Providence staples as the annual Christmas Walk and the Street Fair.  The association also contributes to summer concerts, Farmers Market, Independence Day fireworks, Halloween downtown trick-or-treating and the charity 5K race. The business community also organizes the annual holiday party for borough employees, volunteers, committee members and the members of the business association.

 


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Englewood woman honored for work sharing families’ precious gifts
3/6/2017

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Paula Gutierrez, of Englewood, recently received the Early Careerist Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives for her work as transplant coordinator at NJ Sharing Network.

This honor recognizes ACHE affiliates who have significantly contributed toward the advancement of healthcare management excellence.

Read more at Englewood Daily Voice

 

Delbarton students watch live surgery
3/6/2017

JERSEY CITY – A couple hundred students, including five AP Biology students from Delbarton, traveled to the Liberty Science Center earlier this week to watch a live kidney transplant take place in real time.Prior to the start of the surgery, the students heard from Reenie Harris, a 74-year-old Morristown woman who gave her kidney to a stranger a few years ago.

 

 

 

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Suburban Chamber to honor community members at annual awards event
2/22/2017

Other honorees include the New Jersey Sharing Network -- 'Organization of the Year';

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Fire 1 students at Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute recently discussed the gift of organ and tissue donation
1/31/2017

Mahwah, NJ - The "New Jersey Sharing Network" recently discussed organ and tissue donation with Fire 1 students at Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.

 

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Top 20 Nonprofit Fundraising Idea
1/30/2017

“The most important thing any nonprofit professional can do is dream big. Set high fundraising goals, seize every opportunity, and continually challenge the status quo at your organization. If you always focus on something greater, you will surprise yourself at how much you can achieve.”

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Cooper University Health Care awarded for donor awareness
1/29/2017

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NJ Sharing Network Marks Record-Breaking Year for Lives Saved in 2016
1/18/2017

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, is proud to announce that it has achieved another record-breaking year making 613 transplants possible, representing a 16 percent increase from 2015.  Tissue donation also broke records for the organization with a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
“NJ Sharing Network exists for one reason – to save lives – and this is the highest number of organs transplanted in the 30-year history of our organization,” said Joe Roth, president and chief executive officer, NJ Sharing Network.  “We accomplished this because of the endless commitment of our staff, the excellence of our transplant laboratory, the dedication of our volunteer corps and, most of all, the generosity and compassion of our donors and donor families who make the decision to the give the gift of life by registering as donors and talking about it with their loved ones.”

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Severely Burned Athlete/Model Thanks Tissue Donors In New Providence
1/7/2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Turia Pitt, an Australian elite athlete and former model and mining engineer, owes her life to tissue donors after more than 65 percent of her body was severely burned in a freak firestorm.
“It’s crazy to think that I am only really alive because of donations from 16 Americans,” Pitt told Patch.
Pitt was competing in a 100-kilometer ultra-marathon in the Australian outback when she and another runner were tapped in the fire.
“I was medivaced out and doctors knew I needed a skin donation,” Pitt said. “My kidneys were failing and I was in a really critical state. If didn’t get a tissue donation by that afternoon I was going to be dead.”
Australian doctors turned to MTF, a leading U.S. tissue bank headquartered in Edison. Where 16 Americans from Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington.donated skin tissue to save her life.


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Camden Hospital honored for work
1/2/2017

CAMDEN - Two city hospitals have been recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness through a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The campaign has added 400,000 registered organ and tissue donors since 2011.

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and Cooper University Health Care held educational and registry events for staff, patients, visitors and the public about the need for organ and tissue donors. The two hospitals were among 42 in New Jersey recognized for their work by the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.
The hospitals worked on the campaign between May 2015 and April 2016 with NJ Sharing Network. In 2015, the organization and its hospital partners made 531 transplants possible, the most in a single year. New Jersey organ transplants rose 37 percent from 388 cases in 2014.

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Rose Parade float will honor Holmdel organ donor
12/31/2016

After her death in 2008, Courtney Dayback's organs benefited seven people. Her image will appear on a float in Pasadena.
It’s a powerful part of the Rose Parade each New Year’s Day, a float dedicated to honor organ donors and the recipients of their life-saving gifts.
This year’s Donate Life float will be especially moving for Holmdel residents Dennis and Linda Dayback. It will carry the image of their daughter Courtney, whose organs benefited seven people after she died from cardiac arrest at age 19 in 2008.
“We’re honored,” Dennis Dayback said. “Courtney is not with us, but I’m very proud of Courtney. She was just a very giving, very generous person.”
A Holmdel High School graduate, Courtney Dayback  suffered cardiac arrest while attending classes at Brookdale Community College in Middletown. Her parents decided to donate her organs through N.J. Sharing Network, a nonprofit organ procurement organization based in Union County.
“Each donor has the possibility of saving eight lives,” Dennis Day


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Cooper Receives Award From NJ Sharing Network for Organ Transplant Awareness Efforts
12/28/2016

 

Cooper University Health Care was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added 400,000 registered organ and tissue donors since 2011.

Cooper conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between May 2015 and April 2016 and was awarded bronze recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

Cooper worked on the campaign with NJ Sharing Network. The organization in New Jersey responsible for saving lives through organ and tissue donation. By working with its hospital partners, the organization was able to make 531 transplants possible in 2015, a record-breaking year.

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Burned runner thanks Edison foundation for lifesaving tissue donation
12/20/2016

EDISON — An Australian ultra-marathon runner who was severely burned in a freak firestorm visited New Jersey last week to thank 500 staff members at the headquarters of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), whose work in tissue donation saved her life.
MTF, based in Edison, is American’s leading tissue bank and the nonprofit organization provided the skin grafts that saved Turia Pitt’s life.
Pitt, an endurance athlete, former model and mining engineer, was burned over 65 percent of her body when a fast-moving fire trapped her and other runners participating in a 100-kilometer ultra-marathon in the Australian outback.
Australian physicians struggling to save Pitt knew she needed skin grafts, yet no donated skin was available at the time in Australia. So doctors turned to MTF.


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Paterson man on call to support grieving families
12/12/2016

PATERSON, N.J. – Juan Garcia’s job isn’t easy.
The family support coordinator for the NJ Sharing Network travels across the state to meet with and counsel families facing sudden grief.
The Paterson man is there for families whose loved ones may be pronounced brain dead. He guides families through trauma.
Whatever a family needs, Garcia is there.
“If I were in that situation, I would want someone to be there for me, so I see it from that perspective."There are more than 5,000 people in New Jersey waiting for life-saving organ or tissue transplants, said Garcia, whose organization helps coordinate donations.
“One person potentially can save up to seven lives through organ donation, and through tissue it could be even more than 50 people. Pretty amazing,” he said.


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Newark toddler lives on in children who needed second chance
12/9/2016

ive years ago, Abel Montesino missed an entire year of school in Newark.
The then-eighth-grader was on dialysis, a tiresome process that began to wear on him, making the 14-year-old teen doubt he'd ever receive the kidney he desperately needed.
"I was getting depressed,'' he said. "Dialysis was painful."
That same year -- on April 7, 2011 -- 13-month-old Zoe Jackson was with her cousin and aunt as they crossed South 18th Street at 18th Avenue in Newark. At the same time, a stolen 

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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
12/7/2016

 

ur Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness in a national campaign sponsored by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Lourdes was awarded the campaign’s highest tier—Platinum Level.

Lourdes conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between May 2015 and April 2016, achieving the highest of the campaign’s four-level awards. 

“We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for our work to increase the number of registered organ donors,” said Alan Pope, MD, Lourdes Health System Chief Medical Officer. “As a transplant center, we are acutely aware of the need for organ donation. Through the generosity of patients and their loved ones, we are able to provide second chances at life to residents across South Jersey and the region. I applaud our team for its commitment to this important initiative.”

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Newark organ donor and hospital honored for saving lives
12/6/2016

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"Union Twp. Libraries list events for December - WRAPPED IN LOVE KNITTING GROUP "
11/28/2016

Union Twp. libraries list events for December
 Community Bulletin By Community Bulletin on November 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM0sharesThe Union Public Library has exciting events planned for adults, teens and children during the month of December 2016 at both the Main Library (MN) and Vauxhall Branch (VH). 
The library now offers New Jersey Career Connections to provide job-search and career navigation assistance to community members. Among other functions, New Jersey Career Connections can help you apply for funding assistance, prepare a personal budget, research and attend skills training, sharpen existing skills, build and enhance your resume, and learn interview and job-search skills. You can access the New Jersey Career 


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Volunteers, agencies team up to lend a hand up
11/21/2016

MORRISTOWN -
Hundreds of homeless or otherwise needy citizens poured into St. Peter's Episcopal Church Thursday for Project Homeless Connect, a gathering of more than 20 county agencies, nonprofit groups and community organizations prepared to dispense essential products, services and information to the people who need it most.
"When you see the folks who are being served here today, look in the mirror and ask yourself,  'How far away am I, how far away is my family from losing everything and being on the streets?' " said Lou Schwarcz, president and CEO of the Mental Health Association of Morris County, which served as the event's host organization. "Any one of us can fall down hard, and we are here as a community to help those who have fallen, to lift them emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, physically, with all the resources this great team has pulled together."


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Sparta youth to be remember in Rose Parade
11/19/2016

By Laurie Gordon 
SPARTA — A floragraph finishing event was held at the home of Tom and Kylen Anderson, in Sparta, on Tuesday evening to honor the memory of their son, Isak C. Anderson. The floragraph will be displayed as part of the Donate Life Float at the 128th Rose Parade on January 2nd in Pasadena, California. 
Family and friends paid a special tribute to Isak and his life by decorating a custom floragraph, which is a portrait made of floral and natural materials. The floragraph is a way to honor Anderson and raise awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. The 14-year-old’s organs saved the lives of patients waiting for their second chance.

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Essex County infant saves 3 lives: NJ organ donation
11/19/2016

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — When the family of Zoë Gina Jackson met their infant daughter’s kidney donation recipient six years after her death, there was an instant connection between the two families that transcended the pain and suffering of losing a child.
That’s part of the touching legacy that the infant Essex County resident is leaving behind, and which will be commemorated on the Donate Life float during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA, on Jan. 2.
According to her family, Zoë was only 13-months-old when she passed away in April 2011, but she was already an “old soul.”

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Toddler who gave gift of life from New Jersey to be honored in Rose Parade
11/19/2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, New Jersey (WABC) -- A New Jersey toddler who gave the gift of life to others will be honored in the Rose Parade in California.
Zoe Gina Jackson, just 13 months old, died after a car hit her in Newark in 2011.

She helped three people by donating her organs.
Her likeness will appear on New Jersey Sharing Network's Donate Life float in the Rose Parade.

Thursday night, her family members, along with a teenager who received her kidney, met in New Providence to decorate the floragraph.
Zoe's mother says she couldn't imagine not letting her daughter save the lives of others.
"This gives me a purpose and a reason to go on every day," Zoe's mother said.

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Parents of Organ and Tissue Donor Talk About Their Hero
11/17/2016

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Interviews from the Landscape of Life Meditaion Garden - Part 1-3
11/17/2016

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Interviews from the Landscape of Life Meditaion Garden - Part 1 with Peter Rooney and Missy Rodriguez

Interviews from the Landscape of Life Meditaion Garden - Part 2- Mary Ellen McGlynn and Jane Buckiewicz

Interviews from the Landscape of Life Meditation Garden - Part 3 - Interviews Elisse Glennon and Muzi Li

Montclair runner Ali Niles tackles the New York City Marathon Nov. 6
11/17/2016

For Ali Niles, taking part in the New York City Marathon for the first time this Sunday as an elite runner will be a triumph, a milestone in her running career.

It will also be part of her larger story and a connection to a shared interest with her late mom, Betsy Niles.
Montclair’s Ali Niles runs in Brookdale Park in preparation for the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Her mother was 60 when she was tragically killed in 2011 when a vehicle struck her on Bellevue Avenue as she tried to catch her train at the Upper Montclair Train Station to commute to work into New York City.

Running was a casual pastime for the elder Niles who was a Montclair resident like her daughter.

"We never really ran at the same time," said Niles, who used to be a gymnast prior to taking up running and said her mother decided to give up the exercise by the time she started to get involved in it.

"I like to compete," she said about her interest in the sport that led her to run in a number of marathons — even in harsh weather conditions that would make less determined athletes quit. Her mother was often there standing in the rain watching her efforts.

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Morris County Organ Transplant Group is Sponsoring a "Dine for Dollars"
11/17/2016

PARSIPPANY — The members of the Morris County Organ Transplant Group are sponsoring a “Dine for Dollars” to benefit New Jersey Sharing Network on Tuesday, November 15 at Kafe Mozart, 2900 Route 10 West, Parsippany.


A percentage of sales to patrons presenting the event flyer go to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation whose mission is to increase the number of lives saved through research, donor family support, education and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.


To get a copy of the flyer either e-mail by clicking here, call Nick at (973) 984-6966 or click here to download. You can also visit Kafe Mozart website under “Dine for Dollars” tab at kafemozart.com. A


Kafe Mozart is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
Kafe Mozart is located in Powder Mill Plaza West, 2900 Route 10 West.  To make a reservation call (973) 998-7788.


Members in the group have had heart, lung, liver, kidney and tissue transplants while others have donated organs to save lives.

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Wrapped in Love Monthly Knitting Group at Union Public Library - Vauxhall Branch
11/17/2016

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Comfort Donor Families by Knitting Shawls for Wrapped in Love
11/17/2016

One of the hardest things anyone who has lost a loved one will have to do is make a decision about organ and tissue donation. Oftentimes these families are already dealing with a tragic loss, and now they must make a difficult decision at an emotional time.

I received a Facebook message from a woman involved in a donation program called the NJ (New Jersey) Sharing Network who, I think, understands this struggle all too well. She wrote:
My name is Jillian Padilla, and I run the Wrapped in Love program for NJ Sharing Network. I’m looking to expand the program and get more people who knit and crochet involved. The program provides handmade shawls for families who have said yes to organ and tissue donation.”
I think this is a beautiful idea! I knew immediately that I wanted to feature this program, and I asked Jillian for more information. The following is what she gave me.

About Wrapped in Love and the NJ Sharing NetworkNJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation. It is part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the more than 122,000 people on waiting lists. The Foundation raises funds in order to support donor families, conduct research and educate about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

 

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NJ May Allow Teens to Become Organ Donors After Death
11/17/2016

TRENTON — Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, D-Monmouth, has introduced legislation that would allow minors as young as 14 years old  to register to donate their organs if they die.Under the measure, the state Motor Vehicle Commission would be directed to ask the question when youngsters age 14, 15, 16 and 17 get  a non-driver photo ID to operate a moped, their learner’s permit or a provisional driver’s license.“Right now in New Jersey we limit our state’s ability to ask if you want to be a donor to those 18 and older, so we miss out on asking people younger than that, we miss out on that prompt,” O’Scanlon said

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23 Things These Successful Executives Do Every Day, No Matter What
11/17/2016

 Hold a daily huddle."Due the nature of our mission, lives depend on how efficiently we operate as an organization. Each morning, our senior leadership team meets by phone or in person for a quick huddle about their daily schedule. Although it only lasts about five minutes, it has been critical in breaking down silos, building trust and preventing future miscommunication in our fast-paced work environment. It has also made our meetings more productive because we can focus on the issues with little need to bring everyone up to speed."


--Joseph S. Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in New Jersey.

 

Read the full article at The Inc. Life

 

Stella e Luna: The Stars of Point Pleasant Beach
11/10/2016

The summer season ensures a steady flow of traffic, and in general, sales are easier to come by during this time. When the tourists leave, the locals come out to shop, and Jim and Lauren make it enticing for them.  They offer weekly themed specials such as their “10 and 10” week where a customer gets 10 percent off an item and 10 percent is donated to a worthy charitable cause. In this instance, the beneficiary is the NJ Sharing Network, which is a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization committed to saving and enhancing lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

In fact, promotions with a charitable theme are a staple at the store: During the Winter Holiday Season, for instance, a large basket of items is raffled off,  with proceeds again going to worthy, local charitable causes.


Ready the article at New Jersey Business

 

Fundraiser in Parsippany to support N.J. Sharing Network
11/9/2016

he members of the Morris County Organ Transplant Group are sponsoring Dine for Dollars to benefit New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Kafe Mozart in Powder Mill Plaza West, 2900 Route 10 in Parsippany.

A percentage of sales of those who present the event flyer will go to the foundation, whose mission is to increase the number of lives saved through research, donor family support, education and public awareness about the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

See the article at Parsippany Life

Parsippany’s Woman’s Club & Kiwanis receive honors
11/9/2016

The club is committed to making the world better by making communities better. The Kiwanis Club’s service efforts, particularly in service to children and families, leave a large footprint on the community. It supports the Parsippany Child Day Care Center, Parsippany Library, and numerous other organizations such as Housing Partnership, N.J. Sharing Network, The Women’s Theater, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Homeless Solutions, Eliminate Project, Parsippany Community Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Children’s Specialized Hospital.

NJ Nonprofit Says Minority Organ Donors are Needed
10/20/2016

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, local nonprofit NJ Sharing Network is reaching out to Essex County’s minorities – including Hispanic and Latino Americans – and asking them to consider saving a life through organ donation.


To show the impact that one person’s selfless decision can have, NJ Sharing Network offered the story of Newark resident Reinaldo Garcia, who became an organ donor and saved a life when he passed away in 2011.


According to a news release from NJ Sharing Network, Reinaldo’s parents – Ezequiel and Iris – are now both ardent advocates of organ donation, regularly volunteering with the nonprofit at events such as the Transplant Games of America, a multi-sport festival event that highlights the critical importance of organ and tissue donation.

 

Ready the full article at Newark Patch

 

Payne: A heart transplant saved my wife
10/20/2016

Payne: A heart transplant saved my wifeOct. 14, 2016 - 1:19 -

FBN’s Charles Payne on his wife’s heart transplant procedure.

 

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Talk About the Importance of Organ and Tissue Donation in New Jersey
10/20/2016

Watch the video on Comcast Newsmakers

 

NJ Nonprofit Says Minority Organ Donors are Needed
10/15/2016

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, local nonprofit NJ Sharing Network is reaching out to Essex County’s minorities – including Hispanic and Latino Americans – and asking them to consider saving a life through organ donation.

To show the impact that one person’s selfless decision can have, NJ Sharing Network offered the story of Newark resident Reinaldo Garcia, who became an organ donor and saved a life when he passed away in 2011.

According to a news release from NJ Sharing Network, Reinaldo’s parents – Ezequiel and Iris – are now both ardent advocates of organ donation, regularly volunteering with the nonprofit at events such as the Transplant Games of America, a multi-sport festival event that highlights the critical importance of organ and tissue donation.

Read more on Newark Patch

Payne: A heart transplant saved my wife
10/14/2016

 

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Talk About the Importance of Organ and Tissue Donation in New Jersey
10/13/2016

 

 

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In Viral Campaign, A Lesson for CMO's: Make The Unpopular Choice For The Sake of Reaching Your Target
10/11/2016

In early August, a promotional video called “World’s Biggest Asshole” quietly launched on YouTube. The nearly three-minute-long video from organ-donation nonprofit Donate Life America features Coleman Sweeney, a fictional jerk of a character who goes through life bound and determined to treat others badly and otherwise bestow bad days on the world.

He’s infinitely disgusting, repugnant. He’s someone you’d never wish to run into, a nightmare of a neighbor. And yet, at the abrupt end of his life, he is a hero. One act—registering to be an organ donor—enabled him to save others’ lives.

Read more at Forbes

Interview with Joe Roth at Landscape of Life Meditaion Garden Opening
10/3/2016

 

Watch the one-on-one with Steve Adubato on Youtube

In Memory Of A Sister - The story of Sigma Beta Chi's sorority and how they are remembering their late sister
9/25/2016

Sisterhood is the idea of unending unity, of family. When a member of a family passes away, it impacts all that knew them long-term.  It is a period of adjustment, and a period of relentless sadness and unending strength. 

The sisters of Sigma Beta Chi Sorority are currently facing the struggle of mourning. Courtesy of Kean University and Sigma Beta Chi Sorority alumna Florencia Scuderi, this is the story of Miluska "Millie" Aguinaga, a 2012 alumna of both Kean University and Sigma Beta Chi Sorority. 

In 2010, Millie was misdiagnosed with Hepatic Steatosis, more commonly referred to as "Fatty Liver Disease." In actuality, what the doctors believed was Hepatic Steatosis was a rare combination of illnesses that were simultaneously attacking her liver.

Read More at The Courgar's Byte

 

Bike ride to promote organ donor network
9/21/2016

HOPE — Motorcycle kickstands went up at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and despite a little rain, the day was about awareness and celebrating life. The NJ Sharing Network is a vital non-profit organization that links organ donors with those in need of a particular organ. The organization spread the word and built awareness with a breakfast featuring organ recipients speaking, followed by a motorcycle ride from Tramontin Harley Davidson/Honda in Hope, around the area and concluded with an Octoberfest celebration at The Inn at Millrace Pond.

More than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving transplant and nearly 5,000 live right here in New Jersey. Nationwide, 21 people die each day waiting on this list.

Read more atThe Township Journal

 

Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner Attracts Record Numbers to Honor Local Residents and Businesses
9/17/2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Due to this year’s honorees at the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) Awards Cocktail Reception, the organization’s biggest event of the year, the LACC hosted the largest reception dinner to date on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, which attracted a record 235 guests.

I've never been as proud of Livingston as I was that evening. It's the great people like the ones honored that make us this town and our community," said Beth Lippman, executive director of the LACC.

 

Read more on Tap into Livingston

 

Wrapped in Love Program
9/15/2016

NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation, and is part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the more than 122,000 people on waiting lists.  Our Foundation raises funds in order to support donor families, conduct research and educate about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.  

An integral part of NJ Sharing Network’s mission is to provide care during and after a donor family's experience.  Our organization is looking for ambassadors to knit or crochet beautiful shawls for families of organ and tissue donors.  Through the Wrapped in Love program, donor families are honored with handmade shawls that are tangible expressions of comfort and compassion.  In joining this program, volunteers are supporting and honoring families whose loved one generously gave the gift of life.  


Read More at The Knitting Guild Association

 

Rutgers Senior Designs Meditation Garden
9/9/2016

A good landscape architecture design can provide people with the opportunity to experience the "variation of time and different scenery," said Muzi Li, a Graduate School—New Brunswick student who unveiled her design of the New Jersey Sharing Network’s (NJSN) Landscape of Life Meditation Garden on July 28.

“This gives more possibilities for landscape architects to design not only the spaces, but also the landscape in different time and different season," Li said. "That is why landscape architecture amazes me the most.”

 

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Gift of Life team member in Jerusalem
9/6/2016

As Alex Babcock, 21, of Howell was visiting the Kotel in Jerusalem Aug. 21 as a member of a Birthright Israel trip, he was also a member of Team Luke, participating — albeit at a distance — in the NJ Sharing Network’s annual 5K Celebration of Life event taking place at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft to benefit efforts to promote organ donation.

The team was named in honor of Luke Bautista of Wall, who gave the gift of life to five people. Luke died May 6, just five weeks after his 15th birthday.

Read more at New Jersey Jewish News

 

Golf to Save Lives
9/1/2016

The fifth annual Team Courtney Golf Outing raised $13,000 for New Jersey Sharing Network and its mission to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. Teeing off were, from left, David O’Hara and Jackie Lue Raia, NJ Sharing; Ken Schlager, New Jersey Monthly;  Linda and Dennis Dayback, parents of Courtney, an organ donor; and Carolyn Welsh, NJ Sharing.

Read more on NJ Monthly 

A special episode of Life & Living with Joanna Gagis
9/1/2016

 

The Gift of Life Interviews Part 1: 5K Celebration of Life
8/31/2016

Steve Adubato goes on-location to NJ Sharing Network's Annual 5k to talk with individuals who share their profound stories about the impact of organ and tissue donation on their lives.

One on One with Steve Adubato

One on One with Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato On The Air: pt1

Steve Adubato On The Air: pt2

Knitting for Charities, NJ Sharing Network
8/30/2016

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New iPhone App Will Literally Save Lives
8/29/2016

If you're one of the 5,000 New Jersey residents whose life is on hold while you wait for an organ donation, an iPhone app set to debut this fall could be a lifesaver.
We mean that in the true sense of the word "lifesaver."
Apple has teamed up with the nonprofit Donate Life America to equip its new phone with the technology to register as organ donors online, with just a few clicks, NJSpotlight reported earlier this month.
The Garden State can feel proud of its record in providing hearts, lungs and other vital organs used in transplant surgery.
About 40 percent of the state's 6.5 million driver's license holders have registered to be donors through the Motor Vehicle Commission, and the number of surgeries involving transplants increased by more than one-third in 2015.

Read More at NJ.com

 

Family finds solace in deceased 15-year-old son’s organ donations
8/26/2016

Luke David Bautista grew up in Wall Township, New Jersey and attended Wall High School. He was an aspiring drummer and video producer. His dad says that Luke brought love, laughter, and light to everyone he came in contact with.
Luke died at the age of 15 this past spring after an automobile crash. But his light continues to shine within the people he has saved through the donation of his heart, liver, both kidneys, pancreas and descending thoracic aorta, which will be grafted to construct dialysis ports for 25- to 0 people.
He was also able to make skin and bone donations, which will enhance the lives of up to 75 others.
Luke’s dad, Chris Bautista, says “Luke is truly a hero in the eyes of his family and friends because of the way he lived his life and the impact he had on so many people. He was ordinary in many ways, but he made every moment of his life count and he was never afraid to be himself. He took time every day to make other people smile.”

Read More at EveryOrganDonor.org

 

 

Essex County Hospital Earns National Recognition
8/25/2016

Hackensack UMC Mountainside is one of several North Jersey hospitals being honored for their organ donor enrollment programs.
The hospital received a "gold award," the second-highest honor for organ donation campaign, from the U.S., according to an announcement sent out on July 28 by Hackensack Meridian Health, the hospital's parent company.
In all, a total of 995 hospitals across the United States received recognition, including 42 in New Jersey and 10 in the Hackensack Meridian Health network. Another Essex County hospital, Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, received a platinum award – the highest award in the campaign.
The awards were given as part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s campaign to add more names to organ donor registries in each state; the awards were based on each hospital's accomplishments between March 2015 and April 2016.

 

Read More at NorthJersey.com...

 

 

Organ donation in NJ: What it’s like to be in the operating room
8/23/2016

The tragic story of Luke David Bautista, the 15-year-old Wall Township boy who lost his life in an automobile accident last spring, got us talking about organ donors. Luke’s living on through his organs, which were harvested and are enhancing the lives of up to 75 people.We heard from caller after caller who either donated an organ or received one. But the hour ended with a call from Trisha who works in the operating room where organs are harvested. Trisha took us through the process and how different the room is when the harvesting is happening compared to other operations. Both are saving lives but in such a totally different way.Tisha described a typical day in the O.R. as “a happy place,” with music playing and casual conversation. On the day of the organ harvest, however, she described the mood as “solemn” with “a certain reverence in the air.”It was inspiring to hear what it was like from her perspective. She urges Jerseyans to consider being organ donors because you just don’t realize how many lives you could be saving.

Read More at New Jersey 101.5

 

Steve Adubato's Meditation Garden Dedication Speech
8/23/2016

Via YouTube Steve Adubato

 

 

15 Year Old from Wall Dies But His Donated Organs Save Many
8/20/2016

Luke died at the age of 15 this past spring after an accident. But his light continues to shine within the people he has saved through the donation of his heart, liver, both kidneys, pancreas, and his descending thoracic aorta, which will be grafted to construct dialysis ports for 25-30 people. He was also able to make skin and bone donations, which will enhance the lives of up to 75 others.Luke’s dad, Chris Bautista, says “Luke is truly a hero in the eyes of his family and friends because of the way he lived his life and the impact he had on so many people. He was ordinary in many ways, but he made every moment of his life count and he was never afraid to be himself. He took time every day to make other people smile.”Chris wants to remind you that you, too, have the potential to be heroic. He invites you to become a member of Team Luke and participate in the NJ Sharing Network 5K

 

Read more at 943thepoint.com...

 

 

TEAM LUKE Interview with Lou and Liz in the Morning on 94.3 The Point
8/20/2016

Wall teen's organ donation saved five lives
8/19/2016

Since his death in May, Luke Bautista's family has advocated for organ donation. An event takes place Sunday in Lincroft Luke Bautista was a giver.
“He was one of those kids who always held the door for you, who always asked if you had a nice day,” his dad, Chris Bautista, said. “He loved making everybody laugh.”
In May, after his tragic death at the age of 15, the Wall High School freshman gave the ultimate gift: five of his organs, saving the lives of five strangers.
“On Mother’s Day, his mom, myself and (older brother) C.J. are sitting in a funeral home, planning his funeral, and the parents of a 14-year-old boy in New York are celebrating because that boy got Luke’s heart,” Chris Bautista said. “It was the only thing keeping us going.”

Read more at Asbury Park Press...

Organ Transplants Up in New Jersey as Awareness of the Need Grows
8/17/2016

A new iPhone app that will make it easier than ever to register as a donor is expected to save more lives
organ transplantThe number of organ transplants in New Jersey increased by more than one-third in 2015 and a growing number of surgeries suggests that even more lives will be saved through these procedures this year.
But organ transplant advocates say their work is far from done. The lives of some 5,000 Garden State residents remain in limbo as they wait for the donation of a healthy heart, lung, or one of a half-dozen other organs approved for transplant. One person here dies every three days while waiting for surgery.
Interest in organ donation is likely to greatly expand this fall, when Apple releases a new iPhone with an app that enables users to register their gift of life online, with a few clicks. The computer giant announced in July it has created a partnership with Donate Life America that enables donors to enroll through their iOS 10 phones in a national database designed to match donor organs with patients most in need.

Read More at NJ Spotlight...

Plainfield Transplant Recipient Dedicates Self to Spreading Awareness
8/17/2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield resident Keath Gerald received a heart and liver transplant concurrently during a 12-hour surgery just one year ago.
Since then, as a volunteer for NJ Sharing Network, Gerald has dedicated himself to spreading awareness about organ and tissue donation. Gerald is the captain of his 5K team “Heartopia” and will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of his transplant at NJ Sharing Network’s Annual 5K Celebration of Life Walk on Sunday, Aug. 21 to honor those who gave the gift of life, pay tribute to those who have received a transplant, offer hope to those currently waiting for a transplant and remember those who passed away while waiting for the gift of life.
Every year, the 5K Celebration of Life events bring together thousands of walkers, runners and volunteers in support of NJ Sharing Network’s life-saving mission. Lincroft is the third and final location of 2016 for the 5K Celebration of Life...

Read More at TAP Into Plainfield...

Wake Up with Jeremy Grunin Eileen McCullion "NJ Sharing Network"
8/16/2016

 

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Bert Baron Discusses NJSN's 5K in Lincroft
8/16/2016

 

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Upcoming 5K aims to recruit, educate potential NJ organ donors
8/15/2016

Following successful events earlier this year in Paramus and New Providence, the NJ Sharing Network is reaching out to the Lincroft area with a 5K race to spread its mission of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation.People running in city marathonRafal Olkis, ThinkStockThe NJ Sharing Network, which has served New Jersey’s 14 northernmost counties for nearly 30 years, is a federally designated organ procurement organization affiliated with 54 hospitals across the state. Their 5K, sponsored by the group’s charitable foundation, is coming up on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Brookdale Community College.

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Bryan Clauson, Walter Payton were epitome of why being an organ donor is so important
8/10/2016

Even in death, Bryan Clauson will live on.
The 27-year-old race car driver who was as talented as he was friendly suffered a tragedy no one – nor his family or friends – should ever have to go through.
Clauson was doing what he loved, racing last Saturday in a Midget dirt race in Kansas – a race that would ultimately be his last. Less than 24 hours after a horrific wreck, after doctors did everything they could to save him, his family bid farewell and let Clauson go to Heaven.
But as we learned Wednesday, in one of the last things of his time on earth, Clauson performed an act so selfless that far too many of us rarely think of, let alone ever do in our own lives.
Being a registered organ donor, Clauson added to an already stellar legacy as a race car driver and human being.

 

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Drone: NJ Sharing Network Unveils Meditation Garden In New Providence
8/4/2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The NJ Sharing Network unveiled a meditation garden behind its Headquarters in New Providence and also honored a retiring employee from Westfield.

The 8,200-square-foot garden was built by Landscape Techniques, Inc. of Nutley and work began in December 2015.
Seven months later the garden was unveiled as a landscaped area that will serve as a quiet place and sanctuary for both families of organ and tissue donors and the organization’s employees.
In addition to serving as a peaceful place for thought and remembrance, the meditation garden will also recognize the people who have made monetary contributions to the NJ Sharing Network. 

Read More at New Providence Patch...

 

 

Westfield Local Honored For Work With NJ Sharing Network
8/4/2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The NJ Sharing Network unveiled a meditation garden behind its Headquarters in New Providence and also honored a retiring employee from Westfield.
Working at the NJ Sharing Network for nearly 30 years, Westfield resident Mary Ellen McGlynn is one of the original employees.
"Her career has shaped the way the organization supports the families of organ and tissue donors and she essentially created the Family Services department that exists today," the Sharing Network stated.
As a registered nurse, she started her career with NJSN as a transplant coordinator. She started support programs and made connections with families that have lasted for more than 20 years.

Read more on Westfield Patch...

Life and Living with Joanna Gagis - 3rd Annual Health and Fitness Expo (NJSN)
8/2/2016

 

 

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Imagine: NJ Sharing Network seeks to help 122,000 awaiting organ donations
7/31/2016

While one might expect a more somber perspective from someone at the helm of an organization that manages organ and tissue donations, Prakash Rao’s excitement for what is possible is contagious.
“We are essentially the eHarmony for transplants. We put the recipient and donors together and we are the ones who figure out whether this marriage is going to work or not,” said Rao, vice president of Diagnostics & Research Operations and director of Transplant Laboratory of the New Jersey Sharing Network (NJSN) based in New Providence.
NJSN is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation.
With a staff of more than 150 people working around the clock seven days a week, NJSN is part of the national recovery system seeking to help the more than 122,000 patients on waiting lists throughout the U.S.

Read more at My Central Jersey...

NJ Sharing Network Appoints East Orange Resident to Prominent Post
7/28/2016

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The New Jersey Sharing Network has appointed East Orange resident, Ashlee Davis, to the position of Funeral Home and Medical Examiner Liaison. 
In this new role, Ms. Davis will work in conjunction with all Funeral Directors and Medical Examiners providing education and collaboration during the donation process. The FH/ME Liaison will serve as the organization’s expert in mortuary science and reconstructive practices.
About Ashlee Davis: Ms. Davis graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. Following graduation, Ashlee pursued a residency at...

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News from the Golden Age Club of Milton
7/22/2016

A spokesperson for the New Jersey nonprofit organization Sharing Network made a presentation on July 11, at the request of the club’s president, to 70 members of the Golden Age Club of Milton. The Assistant Director of the organ procurement facility for central and northern New Jersey, Jackie Lue Raia, discussed the impact that one person’s organ and tissue donation has on the lives of individuals and families and she personalized the information with her own story.

Read More at NorthJersey.com

 

East Hanover Student Anthony Foti Receives Scholarship for Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness
7/21/2016

EAST HANOVER, NJ - Two New Jersey students received scholarships on behalf of The NJ Sharing Network Foundation, both in the amount of $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Anthony Foti from East Hanover/Hanover Park High School received the Missy’s Miracle Scholarship as he is about to start Rutgers University in the Fall.  Missy's Miracle was created in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Missy Rodriguez's liver transplant. Foti got involved with NJ Sharing Network after his cousin took his own life in 2014 and donated almost all of his organs.  Foti turned this family tragedy to a positive by becoming dedicated to building awareness about the importance of organ donation.  He sold NJ Sharing Network wristbands at his school’s annual blood drive and informed his schoolmates about the organization’s annual 5K Celebration of Life by passing out flyers. Foti and his family participate in the 5K Celebration of Life every year through a team in his cousin’s honor.

Read More at Tap into East Hanover

New Jersey Students Receive Scholarships for Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness
7/20/2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Two New Jersey students received scholarships on behalf of The NJ Sharing Network Foundation, both in the amount of $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Blake Rogolsky, from Morganville and a graduate of Marlboro High School (MHS), received the Betsy Niles scholarship.  She will be attending the University of Michigan in the Fall. The Betsy Niles scholarship is offered in memory of Betsy Niles, a children’s book editor and lifelong resident of Montclair.  Betsy died in 2011 and, in keeping with her tradition of lifelong giving, her organs were donated. Betsy was known for always giving the perfect gift for every occasion. Betsy’s last gift was the greatest gift of all, the gift of life. 

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Marlboro High Student Receives Scholarship for Organ Donation Advocacy
7/15/2016

Marlboro, NJ - On Thursday night, Blake Rogolsky of Morganville received a $5,000 scholarship from the Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund as part of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, a group that facilitates organ donation in New Jersey.

Rogolsky, who graduated from Marlboro High School this past spring and will attend the University of Michigan in the fall, watched her father suffer with genetic heart disease. After he received a heart transplant, she dedicated her life to organ donation. She became an NJ Sharing Network state ambassador at 13 years old. 

Read more at Marlboro Patch

 

The Montclair Times Editorial: "iDonate your organs"
7/7/2016

Apple reveals its heart: The upcoming iPhone 7 slated for release in September will include an app enabling users to register as organ and tissue donors.

Be ethical. Donating heart valves or an entire heart, kidneys, skin, liver, corneas, pancreas, and intestines may heal one or more people. People throughout our nation struggle to stay alive, in need of transplanted organs. According to the NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit connected with the federal organ-donation endeavor, "Every three days, a N.J. resident will die waiting for a transplant."

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How are our bodies regulated after death?
6/2/2016

Thousands of people donate their bodies to science each year, to be dissected by wide-eyed med students during their first-year anatomy class, or to be used in other areas of training and research. But that is a relatively new development.SUPPORT WHYYYour donation means more access to high-quality information and more understanding about what is happening in the Philly region and beyond.

Until the 1940s and 50s, med schools relied mostly on unclaimed bodies for this purpose. World War II helped bring about a major cultural shift in how we look at the body after death. People gave blood for blood banks, they donated corneas - and eventually, when surgeons started to transplant organs successfully, the idea of giving away parts of your body after death became more acceptable.

This development also created an urgent need for more legislation around the use of bodies and tissues.
"Human bodies, in order to be used for any of the things they can be used for - transplant, research, education, need to be the subject of a gift, and that is governed in every state by the uniform anatomical gift act," explained New Jersey attorney Christina Strong.

The legislation was passed in 1968 and has since been revised several times to keep up with new developments. "The laws are not very different from state to state. Organs are a national resource, we needed uniformity so that people could get organs across state lines."

Strong says people can choose to give their whole body, or to give organs or tissues - and they can be very specific in their choices. "You can say 'I only want to donate my eyes,' or 'I'm comfortable with organ donation, but not with the donation of my eyes.'"

 

Read more on The Pulse 

 


Recent News Archive

2016

New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network 5K Celebration of Life
June 21, 2016
Media Outlet: Shree Swaminarayan Temple - New Jersey

Hanover Park notes senior award winners in East Hanover
June 21, 2016
Media Outlet: Hanover Eagle

Secaucus band plays for over 10,000 people at NJ Sharing Network 5K
June 19, 2016
Media Outlet: Hudson Reporter

Secaucus Indian-American bagpipe band provides soundtrack for 5k race
June 17, 2016
Media Outlet: The Jersey Journal

Crisis looms in New Jersey - Your “free” donation will save lives!
June 16, 2016
Media Outlet: Asbury Park Press

Former Miss New Jersey’s death ‘still doesn’t feel real’
June 16, 2016
Media Outlet: The Press of Atlantic City

What's it like to work for a nonprofit
June 14, 2016
Media Outlet: Good Call

Living in Remembrance
June 14, 2016
Media Outlet: Odyssey

Obama Administration Taking Steps to Reduce Organ Donation Waiting List
June 13, 2016
Media Outlet: Morning Consult

White House announces actions to promote organ donation
June 13, 2016
Media Outlet: The Hill

How One Small Heart Does More Than You Thought
June 7, 2016
Media Outlet: Odyssey

NJ Sharing Network Brings Thousands to New Providence for 5K: Honor. Remember. Hope
June 7, 2016
Media Outlet: Mountainside TAP

Giving the Gift of Life
June 7, 2016
Media Outlet: healtheo360

Over 10,000 Participants came out for NJ Sharing 5K
June 7, 2016
Media Outlet: New Providence TAP

Middletown Woman Gets Cornea Transplant from Organ Donor
June 7, 2016
Media Outlet: Middletown Patch

Photos from NJ Sharing Network 5K Celebration of Life
June 5, 2016
Media Outlet: Running in the USA

Thousands Take Part In New Jersey Organ, Tissue Donation Walk
June 5, 2016
Media Outlet: WCBS Radio

Scotch Plains Local Celebrates Life With 5K Race
June 3, 2016
Media Outlet: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch

Cornea transplant a life changer in Middletown
June 3, 2016
Media Outlet: Asbury Park Press

Sparta organ recipient to toe the line at Sharing Network's 5K
June 1, 2016
Media Outlet: The Sparta Independent
Media Outlet: The Township Journal

Over 10,000 Participants Expected For NJ Sharing Network's 5K Celebration of Life
June 1, 2016
Media Outlet: New Providence TAP

Interview with Jackie Lue Raia
June 1, 2016
Media Outlet: WCTC

Organ Transplant Recipients to Compete in National Games; Gather in Livingston for Sendoff Ceremony
May 25, 2016
Media Outlet: Livingston TAP

Discussing organ donation on 12 to Your Health
May 7, 2016
Media Outlet: News 12 New Jersey

Multi-Organ Transplant Group Donates Books to Library
May 6, 2016
Media Outlet: Parsippany Focus

April is National Donate Life Month
April 30, 2016
Media Outlet: TV Asia

Kidney recipient meets the family of her donor (Version 2)
April 25, 2016
Media Outlet: News 12 New Jersey

Discussing organ donation on 12 to Your Health
April 30, 2016
Media Outlet: News 12 New Jersey

Kidney recipient meets the family of her donor (Version 2)
April 25, 2016
Media Outlet: News 12 New Jersey

NJ Sharing Network Hosts 5K Celebration of Life Event at Bergen Community College in Paramus
April 25, 2016
Media Outlet: Bergen Dispatch

5K walkers in Paramus celebrate life while encouraging organ donations
April 25, 2016
Media Outlet: FIOS1

April is National Donate Life Month New Jersey Sharing Network
Media Outlet: TV Asia

Discussing Organ Donation on 12 to Your Health

Thousands of people walking Celebration of Life 5K to encourage organ donations.
April 24, 2016
Media Outlet: Twitter

Candlelight vigil honors life of Pinkerton student killed in NJ crash
April 23, 2016
Media Outlet: WMUR

Kidney recipient and volunteer of NJ Sharing Network, Dorothea Duffy, met the family of her donor, Ben Diamond

Effort in Parsippany ties in to organ donations
April 20, 2016
Media Outlet: NorthJersey.com

Parsippany goes green for National Donate Life Month
April 20, 2016
Media Outlet: Parsippany Focus

April is National Donate Life Month
April 20, 2016
Media Outlet: The Record

NJ Chamber Members Congregate at the NJ Sharing Network to Discuss Business, and Learn about Organ and Tissue Transplantation
April 20, 2016
Media Outlet: NJ Chamber

Kiwanis Club donates to NJ Sharing Network
April 7, 2016
Media Outlet: Parsippany Focus

Joe Roth Discusses National Donate Life Month
April 2, 2016
Media Outlet: Jersey Matters

Young Wantage man’s gift of life inspires tributes
March 30, 2016
Media Outlet: New Jersey Herald

Organ donation center in Union County welcomes new volunteers
March 24, 2016
Media Outlet: Fios 1

Gift of Living Donation
March 24, 2016
Media Outlet: ABC 7

Bunnies, Easter egg hunts, magic shows and more at Bayonne’s Hometown Hoppin’
March 14, 2016
Media Outlet: The Jersey Journal

NJ Sharing Network and Organ Donation
February 29, 2016
Media Outlet: NBC New York

How former Miss N.J. is a role model, even after her death
February 25, 2016
Media Outlet: NJ.com

Miss NJ Donates Organ Using New Providence Foundation
February 26, 2016
Media Outlet: New Providence/Berkeley Heights Patch

Former Miss New Jersey Dies After Car Crash
February 25, 2016
Media Outlet: WNBC

Cara McCollum 'gives the gift of life' with organ donation
February 22, 2016
Media Outlet: Press of Atlantic City

Former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum Gives Gift Of Life Through Organ Donation
February 26, 2016
Media Outlet: Bergen Dispatch

Former Miss NJ Cara McCollum’s organ donation may save 8 lives
February 25, 2016
Media Outlet: New Jersey 101.5

Organ Transplants on the Rise
February 12, 2016
Media Outlet: WBGO 88.3 FM

Giving Back After a Second Chance at Life
February 12, 2016
Media Outlet: NJTV News

Morristown Woman Receives Proclamation from Morris County Freeholders
February 14, 2016
Media Outlet: Morristown TAP

“Somebody else’s miracle”
February 13, 2016
Media Outlet: Chinook Observer

Organ Transplants on the Rise
February 12, 2016
Media Outlet: WBGO 88.3 FM

Giving Back After a Second Chance at Life
February 12, 2016
Media Outlet: NJTV News

NJ Sharing Network Sets Record for Organs Donated in 2015
February 5, 2016
Media Outlet: New Providence TAP

More New Jerseyans giving the ‘gift of life’
February 5, 2016
Media Outlet: New Jersey 101.5

More New Jerseyans giving the ‘gift of life’
January 8, 2016
Media Outlet: The Jersey Journal

Local Mother & Organ Donor to Walk in Rose Parade with Donate Life Float
January 1, 2016
Media Outlet: Warren TAP

 

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