Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness: NJ Sharing Network
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. NJ Sharing Network partners with Donate Life America, a not-for-profit national alliance that drives communities to increase their numbers of registered donors.
We have been responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents awaiting life-saving transplants. While striving to reach this goal, NJ Sharing Network also provides support services for transplant recipients and donor families to help them cope with the tragic loss of a loved one. NJ Sharing Network is committed to honoring those who gave, paying tribute to those who received, offering hope to those who continue to wait, and remembering the lives lost while waiting…for the gift of life.
Since its inception in 1987, NJ Sharing Network has more than quadrupled the number of organs recovered for transplantation. Since 2014, at least 460 people received a life-saving transplant, but at least 143 people died while waiting. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), over 120,000 people nationwide are currently on the organ transplant wait list, including nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents. UNOS also estimates that one new name is added to the transplant wait list every 11 minutes.
You can help those waiting for a life-saving transplant by registering today as an organ and tissue donor.
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