Featuring beautiful and inspiring stories of donors, recipients and living donors, our new issue of Circle of Life magazine celebrates the diversity that is woven into the fabric of our life-saving mission with thought-provoking insights and ‘real talk’ from local community leaders about organ and tissue donation💚💙
Observed annually in November, National Donor Sabbath seeks to educate faith-based communities across the country about the critical need for organ and tissue donation, and the vital role their faith plays in making the decision to register as a donor.
Most religions support donation and view this gift as the ultimate act of charity and love. Leaders from churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship are encouraged to share information with their members and bring much-needed attention to this important cause.
Visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org/Donor-Sabbath to learn more about how you can celebrate with us and get involved. #NationalDonorSabbath 💚💙
We are pleased to announce the availability of multiple scholarships for 2024 graduating high school seniors. Learn more and apply today at www.SharingNetworkFoundation.org/scholarship. The deadline to apply is February 26, 2024.
Our Live Healthy & Move free community event is a full day of family fun with a focus on physical and mental fitness. It features health screenings, tips on healthy eating, information on local resources, and details on the power of organ and tissue donation. Attendees of all ages also enjoy great music, performances, and activities for both children and adults. We look forward to seeing you there!
Throughout the month of August we are hosting a drive to provide school supplies to children in need in NJ. Supplies will be distributed at our Live Healthy and Move event in Paterson on September 16 and to various schools in diverse communities throughout the state. If you'd like to contribute supplies, please visit our Amazon Wishlist or email E. Denise Peoples.
Celebrated in August, National Minority Donor Awareness Month honors the generosity of multicultural organ and tissue donors and their families, while underscoring the critical need for people from diverse communities to register as organ and tissue donors.
Visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org/Donation-Needs-Diversity to learn more, get involved and help share our life-saving message!
Check out this beautiful moment and performance on America’s Got Talent when donor mom Holly Campbell and Kim Scadlock, the mother of Holly’s son’s heart recipient, shared the powerful message of organ donation and sang a song together about their sons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mOcG59JOjI 💙💚
Thank you to our incredible donation and transplantation community for coming together to celebrate the gift of life at our 5K Celebration of Life events! Check out photos from Ocean Grove at https://photos.app.goo.gl/Se24MGGfisGTi9Nf8 and watch for photos from New Providence coming soon! 💙💚
For the first time in our organization’s 36-year history, 200 donated organs have been transplanted by April 1, resulting in more lives saved than ever before.
We thank the generous organ donors and their families, along with our dedicated staff and hospital partners, for making this significant milestone possible.
You can help by registering today as an organ and tissue donor at NJSharingNetwork.org/Register. 💚💙
National Donate Life Month in April features activities to encourage people to register as organ and tissue donors and to honor those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. We are leading a wide variety of community awareness activities and sharing inspiring stories of residents and families touched by the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
“Here in New Jersey, National Donate Life Month is a special time to honor our organ and tissue donor heroes, celebrate those who received a life-saving transplant, and offer hope to those waiting for the gift of life,” said Carolyn M. Welsh, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “Our caring and compassionate team of dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners are unstoppable in their efforts to help educate others and dispel any myths and misinformation about organ and tissue donation in our diverse communities throughout New Jersey.”
Currently, there are over 100,000 Americans – nearly 4,000 of whom live in New Jersey – waiting for a life-saving transplant, according to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Alyssa D’Addio, Vice President of Hospital and Community Services, NJ Sharing Network, believes the generosity of those in the Garden State is providing hope for the future. In 2022, the number of organ donors (283) and organs transplanted in a single year (670) reached all-time highs. This also marked the fourth consecutive year NJ Sharing Network has reported new records in the number of organ donors, underscoring the clear trend of increased support for organ donation in the Garden State.
“Thanks to the generosity of New Jersey organ donors and their families, we are saving more lives than ever before – ensuring others now have more time to share special moments with their
loved ones,” said D’Addio.
To learn more about National Donate Life Month, get involved and download resources, visit NJSharingNetwork.org/DLM.