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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.

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 **