Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness: Donate Life New Jersey
NJ Sharing Network (North/Central NJ): BG Spirit Week: April 10-16 · Gift Of Life Donor Program (South NJ): Virtual Dash April 10-18
New Jersey Sharing Network CEO Joseph Roth: While this past year has been a difficult time for all of us, I have been inspired by the one constant that has always remained – the tireless commitment of those who power our life-saving mission.
Last year was a record-breaking year for organ donation in New Jersey, and we are on pace to save and enhance more lives than ever before: In the first quarter of this year, 161 lives have been saved thanks to successful organ transplants and hundreds more have had their health restored thanks to tissue donation.
This is our time to encourage family, friends and neighbors to register as organ and tissue donors and to honor those who have given the gift of life. Some of our activities will include a training on how to craft your personal donation story and share it with passion and a youth panel discussion to spread awareness in our local schools and communities.
Gift of Life President and CEO Howard M. Nathan: For the 13th consecutive year, Gift of Life Donor Program leads the nation in the most organ donors among all 58 U.S. Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO). Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of its community, Gift of Life has coordinated the most organ donors in the nation every year since 2008.
The Gift of Life Donor Program steadfastly advanced its life-saving mission, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our staff, the commitment of our hospital partners and the inspiring generosity of our donors and donor families. Our compassionate community is the most generous in the nation, choosing to save lives and support families despite their grief and the many challenges of this past year.
Together, Donate Life New Jersey will continue the journey and give hope to the nearly 4,000 people in New Jersey that are staying strong as they wait for a life-saving transplant.