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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.
  • Thanks to the selflessness of New Jersey organ donors and their families who said yes to donation last year, over 678 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. 83 New Jersey residents died in 2018 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



April 18, 2019

Dispelling the Myths on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Join us for an important awareness event - all are welcome!

Thursday | 10:00am - 12:00pm
University Medical Center - Science Building, Rosemary Gellene Room
185 South Orange Avenue, Newark


April 25, 2019

Donate Life Group - Union
Join us for a Donate Life Month Celebration!

Thursday | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Dairy Queen, 1367 South Avenue, Plainfield


May 1, 2019

Donate Life Group - Morris

Wednesday | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Parsippany Police Department, 3339 Rt. 46, Parsippany


May 3, 2019

Wrapped in Love - Shawl Packaging

Friday | 11:00am - 1:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headqaurters - New Providence


May 4, 2019

Team Liberty's 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games Information Session

Saturday | 9:00am - 12:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headqaurters - New Providence


May 5, 2019

What About the Kids? Helping Children, Teens and Young Adults Through Loss
Grief Support Workshop, for donor families.

Sunday | 10:00am - 12:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


May 6, 2019

Donate Life Group - Mercer

Monday | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Capital Health Hopewell, Pure Conf. Rm. A/B, 1 Capital Way, Pennington


May 7, 2019

Advocacy Night

Tuesday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


May 8, 2019

Donate Life Group - Essex

Wednesday | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Cardiac Cath Conf. Rm. 201 Lyons Ave., Newark


May 8, 2019

Donate Life Group - Sussex

Wednesday | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Newton Medical Center, Romano Conf. Center - Rm. 106, 175 High Street, Newton 


May 15, 2019

Wrapped in Love - Knit Night

Wednesday | 4:30pm - 6:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headqaurters - New Providence


May 30, 2019

Donate Life Group - Greater Bergen

Thursday | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Meadowlands Regional Chamber, Board Room, 201 Rt. 17 North, Rutherford


June 10, 2019

Advocacy Night

Monday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


July 24, 2019

Advocacy Night

Wednesday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


September 19, 2019

Advocacy Night

Thursday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


September 29, 2019

When the Unthinkable Happens: Dealing wih Trauma in Loss
Grief Support Workshop, for donor families.

Sunday | 10:00am - 12:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


October 24, 2019

Interfaith Gathering in Celebration of National Donor Sabbath
Education program for faith leaders.

Thursday | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


November 17, 2019

Hope for the Holidays: Healin, Honoring and Finding Peace in Loss
Grief Support Workshop, for donor families.

Sunday | 10:00am - 12:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence

 

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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: 

Gary Imhoff
Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: (908) 516-5690
Email: gimhoff@njsharingnetwork.org


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