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Donor, Recipient and Individual Waiting for Transplant Join Together at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

April 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

LIVINGSTON – April 12, 2013  – Retired Superior Court Judge F. Michael Giles of West Orange will remember his son, Dr. Randall Marc Giles, at a “Donate Life” flag ceremony to mark Donate Life Month.

Dr. Giles, a trauma surgeon, died from an aneurysm at the age of 43 and his organs saved the lives of several other people, including a man who received a life-saving lung transplant.

Judge Giles will join hospital officials, doctors, nurses and others who want to give hope to those waiting for life-saving transplants and to honor the legacy of donors and to support their families. Kathleen Davis, 51 year-old mother, will be on hand to represent the thousands of people currently waiting for a transplant. Ms. Davis has polycystic kidney disease as do two of her siblings. She has been on the transplant list for four years and is hoping to avoid dialysis.

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The event is one of the “Donate Life” flag raisings/ceremonies that will take place Friday at each of the seven Barnabas Health campuses to raise awareness about the life-saving and life-restoring value of organ and tissue donation during April, which is Donate Life Month.

Who: Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez; John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Joe Roth, President & CEO, NJ Sharing Network; Judge F. Michael Giles, a donor family member and NJ Sharing Network Foundation board member; JD de Leon, a transplant recipient and NJ Sharing Network board member, and Kathleen Davis, individual currently awaiting a transplant. NJ Sharing Network Foundation board members Randi Geffner, Alberta D’Addio, Donna Albanese will also attend.

When: Friday, April 12 at 10 am

Where: Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, NJ 07052

Ceremony will take place inside the hospital lobby in the event of inclement weather **

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