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2023: A record year for organ and tissue donation in NJ

Today and every day, we give thanks to the heroic organ and tissue donors and their families for their compassion, generosity, and selflessness and for their lifesaving gifts.

In 2023, a record-breaking 715 organs were transplanted, the most ever in our organization’s 36-year history. For the families of those who have received the gift of life, it means more time together, more memories to create, and more moments to cherish.

To our donors and their families, our hospital partners, volunteers, and our NJ Sharing Network staff and community – THANK YOU for helping to save and enhance lives each and every day. 💙💚

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November is National Donor Sabbath

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 💚💙

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Calling all high school seniors!

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.

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Join us on September 16 for Live Healthy & Move!

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!

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Contribute to our School Supplies Drive

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.

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Celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Month with us!

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!

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5K Celebration of Life in Ocean Grove

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! 💙💚

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A Life-Saving Milestone

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. 💚💙

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Join us in celebrating National Donate Life Month!

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.

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The 5K Celebration of Life website is LIVE!

Visit SharingNetworkFoundation.org/5K to sign up today! We look forward to coming together in Ocean Grove on Saturday, May 20 and New Providence on Sunday, June 11 to celebrate the greatest gift of all… the gift of life!