For the Media

NJ Sharing Network is committed to providing timely responses to inquiries from the media and supplying information on news regarding organ and tissue donation. Please contact us anytime.  

About NJ Sharing Network

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. Nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents are currently awaiting transplantation. We are also part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the 115,000 people currently on the waiting list.

We operate 24/7/365 with a team of over 150 highly trained and dedicated members on staff. Our Governing and Foundation Boards are made up of a diverse group of individuals from both public and private sectors across a variety of disciplines, 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.

Our Foundation is committed to 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.

Our Leadership

Our Leadership Team operates under the direction of Joe Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Our Governing Board of Trustees provides consistent oversight of our mission, objectives, budgets, strategy, results and achievements with the focus always on our core purpose of saving and enhancing lives.

Our Foundation's Board of Trustees continues to create innovative strategic initiatives to support organ and tissue donation.

 

Facts and Figures

  • One organ and tissue donor can save up to 8 lives and restore health to over 75 others. Transplantable organs include heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and intestine. Transplantable tissue include corneas to restore sight, bone and ligaments to repair injuries, skin grafts to heal burns and for surgical reconstruction and heart valves to replace diseased valves.
  • In 2017, more New Jersey residents gave the gift of life than ever before. Thanks to the selflessness of New Jersey organ donors and their families who said yes to donation last year, over 550 people are alive today. .
  • Most religions support organ and tissue donation.
  • There is no cost to be an organ and tissue donor...donation is a gift.
  • 115,000 people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Every day, 20 people die waiting for a transplant.
  • Nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. 97 New Jersey residents died in 2017 waiting for a life-saving transplant
  • There are 6 transplant centers in New Jersey.
  • Approximately 95 percent of Americans say they support organ and tissue donation, yet only about 40 percent are registered donors. To date, more than 2.5 million New Jersey residents have registered as organ and tissue donors. Registration can easily be done through one of the following ways: through the iPhone using the Health app; online at www.NJSharingNetwork.org (mobile-friendly); at your local Motor Vehicle Agency
  • New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, talking about it with their families and friends, joining NJ Sharing Network at its 5K Celebration of Life and becoming a volunteer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my own medical care be compromised if the hospital is aware that I have an organ donor designation on my license?

No. The decision to be an organ donor will in no way affect the level of medical care for a sick or injured person. The team of doctors and nurses involved in treating the patient is not involved with the recovery/transplant team, which is called only after death has occurred.

Are there additional costs to be an organ and/or tissue donor?

There is never a charge to the family or estate of the donor for organ and tissue recovery. All associated recovery costs are paid by NJ Sharing Network. It is an altruistic gift and by law, NJ Sharing Network is not able to pay for any other funeral or hospital charges unrelated to the donation process.

Will the donation impact traditional funeral services?

The cause and circumstances of death could have an impact on timing and funeral arrangements. It is important to work with an experienced funeral director. During the recovery procedure, the utmost care and respect is taken with the donor’s body and every effort is made to meet your needs. Donated organs and tissues are removed by skilled medical professionals in a sterile surgical procedure.

Can organ transplants be “bought” by the wealthy and powerful?

No. Organs are computer matched according to compatibility of donor and recipient tissue, determined by various tests, waiting time, and the medical need of the recipient. Social or financial data are not part of the computer database and therefore, are not factors in the determination of who receives an organ.

Do all religions support organ and tissue donation?

Most religions support donation and consider it the greatest gift a person can give.

Is there an age limit for donation?

There is no definitive age limit for organ donation. NJ Sharing Network has successfully procured organs from donors as young as a few days to adults in their 90s. A patient’s medical history is more important than the age of the donor. If a patient has a normal functioning organ and is in good health, then organ donation can be an option.

Do I have to renew my organ donor designation every time I renew my driver’s license or state-issued ID?

Yes. Every time you renew your license or state-issued identification card, be sure to indicate your donor designation. You can also register online.


Press Releases and Media Highlights

Here you will find our most recent press releases and media highlights.

Upcoming Events Calendar


May 20, 2018

NJ Sharing Network 5K Walk and USATF Certified Race

Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade, Ocean Avenue, Long Branch   


May 24, 2018

Donate Life Group - Newton: Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Between the Bread Cafe, 188 Spring Street, Newton   


May 30, 2018

Donate Life Group - Rutherford: Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Meadowlands Regional Chamber, 201 Rt. 17 North, Rutherford     


June 3, 2018

NJ Sharing Network 5K Walk and USATF Certified Race

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ    


June 5, 2018

Wrapped in Love Knit Night: Tuesday 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ  


June 6 2018

Donate Life Group - Parsippany: Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:30pm

Parsippany Police Department, 3339 Rt. 46, Parsippany 


June 9, 2018

The Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour

Drew University, Madison, NJ   


June 12, 2018

Advocacy Night: Tuesday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


June 15, 2018

Wrapped in Love Shawl Packaging: Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ 


June 25, 2018

5th Annual 18 for 8 Team Liberty Golf Outing

New Jersey National Golf Club, Basking Ridge, NJ   


July 12, 2018

Wrapped in Love Knit Night: Tuesday 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ  


July 17, 2018

Wrapped in Love Knit Night: Tuesday 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ  


July 17, 2018

Advocacy Night: Tuesday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


July 20, 2018

Wrapped in Love Shawl Packaging: Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ 


July 21, 2018

Pedal for Puzzle Bike Ride for Autism   (Join team “NJ Sharing Network” in the “Basic Package - Basic Rider” category)

Somerset Hills Learning Institute, 1810 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ   


August 14, 2018

Advocacy Night: Tuesday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


August 19, 2018

The Ramapo Rally

Campgaw Mountain, Mahwah, NJ   


September 2, 2018

Tour de Farm Sussex County: Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta 


September 9, 2018

The Gran Fondo

Downtown Morristown 


September 12, 2018

Advocacy Night: Wednesday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


September 22, 2018

Tour de Farm Warren County

87 Belcher Road, Blairstown 


September 23, 2018

For Donor Families - Death in the Family: Where are we Now? Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


October 8, 2018

NJ Sharing Network 20th Annual Golf Classic

Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, NJ  


October 18, 2018

Advocacy Night: Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


November 3, 2018

Volunteer Education Day - Stay Tuned!

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


November 18, 2018

For Donor Families - Hope for the Holidays: Coping, Healing and Finding Peace in Loss Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


December 10, 2018

Advocacy Night: Monday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence, NJ   


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Read Our Magazine

Our Circle of Life magazine creates a community for the thousands of New Jersey residents whose lives have been touched by organ and tissue donation. Read our latest edition here.

MEDIA CONTACTS


For additional information, including photos, video or b-roll, please contact: 

John Valentine
Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: (908) 516-5428
Email: jvalentine@njsharingnetwork.org


Public Relations
Rosica Communications
Tel: (201) 843-5600
Email: PR@rosica.com