LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was recently joined by Joe Roth, President & CEO of the NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit organization which promotes and procures organ donation across the state of New Jersey and beyond.
February 14th, besides being Valentines Day, is also National Organ Donor Day. Organ donation is crucial “to save lives,” Roth explained. “You can’t take your organs with you, so it’s good to have them for somebody to use them.”
The NJ Sharing Network has been around for nearly 34 years, serving most of the state. “Our job is to identify, consent and coordinate the recovery and allocation of organs for transplant,” Roth explained. Over the last ten years, there has been a 35% increase in organ donation. According to Roth, currently “there are nearly 4,000 New Jerseyans waiting for the life-saving gift of a transplant.”
To find out more information about becoming an organ donor, visit the NJ Sharing Network’s website at www.njsharingnetwork.org, where you can sign up on the Donate Life America registry or become a donor through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. “That’s the easiest thing to do,” Roth said. iPhone users can also sign up through Apple’s health app.
Roth has worked at the organization for almost 23 years and has developed strong relationships with both donor families and donor recipients. “Every day we try to save lives,” he said. “Every donor family that we get to know if special to us because their loved one made the ultimate charitable gift of donating their organ to save somebody else’s life. Our donor families are the most special people.”
To learn more about the NJ Sharing Network, visit them online at www.njsharingnetwork.org.