This April, people across the state of New Jersey and across America are celebrating the gift of life during national Donate Life Month. Feelings of rejuvenation, revitalization and renewal that often come with spring are reflected in the true meaning and purpose of Donate Life Month -- to give those in need hope for a fresh start and a new beginning.
Here in New Jersey, the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network (The Sharing Network) is calling upon residents during the month of April and throughout the year to help in the fight to save lives through organ and tissue donation. Thousands of people have already benefited from the selfless gift of organ and tissue donation in New Jersey but with over 2,400 still waiting in this state alone, the time for action is now.
This April, The Sharing Network is set to unveil a "Virtual Donor Memorial Garden." The site will serve as an online tribute to donors that gave the gift of life and helped others in need. Donor family members will be able to visit the site that will memorialize their loved ones. The site will offer a colorful garden theme that features names of the honored donors.
The Sharing Network will also be hosting "Bowl for Life" in recognition of Donate Life Month. The event will take place on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at the Brunswick Zone/Carolier Lanes Bowling Alley in North Brunswick. Proceeds from the event will go directly to organ and tissue donation and education programs in New Jersey. Participants in the festivities will be able to hear testimonials from individuals whose lives were touched by donation and transplantation.
Public awareness initiatives on behalf of organ and tissue donation during Donate Life Month and throughout the year help to save lives in New Jersey and give hope to those who wait for a transplant. The Sharing Network wants the public to know how they can get involved and help in this very important cause. Here are some ways you can help;
Join the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. To sign up call 1-800-SHARE-NJ or visit our website at www.sharenj.org
Discuss your wishes with your family now, while you can. Nationally, only 50 percent of families agree to donate their loved one's organs. Make sure your wishes are known.
Support public awareness programs, like the Donate Life license plate, available through the New Jersey DMV, and make tax time a life-saving time by making a Check-off for Life contribution on the New Jersey personal income tax form.
The Sharing Network