EAST HANOVER, NJ - Two New Jersey students received scholarships on behalf of The NJ Sharing Network Foundation, both in the amount of $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Anthony Foti from East Hanover/Hanover Park High School received the Missy’s Miracle Scholarship as he is about to start Rutgers University in the Fall. Missy's Miracle was created in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Missy Rodriguez's liver transplant. Foti got involved with NJ Sharing Network after his cousin took his own life in 2014 and donated almost all of his organs. Foti turned this family tragedy to a positive by becoming dedicated to building awareness about the importance of organ donation. He sold NJ Sharing Network wristbands at his school’s annual blood drive and informed his schoolmates about the organization’s annual 5K Celebration of Life by passing out flyers. Foti and his family participate in the 5K Celebration of Life every year through a team in his cousin’s honor.
Blake Rogolsky, from Morganville and a graduate of Marlboro High School (MHS), received the Betsy Niles scholarship. She will be attending the University of Michigan in the Fall. The Betsy Niles scholarship is offered in memory of Betsy Niles, a children’s book editor and lifelong resident of Montclair. Betsy died in 2011 and, in keeping with her tradition of lifelong giving, her organs were donated.
Today, there are over 122,000 people waiting for a transplant and 22 die each day while waiting for a transplant, but one donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of over 50 people. In New Jersey, there are 5,000 people on the waiting list and one person dies every three days waiting for a transplant.
New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, talking about it with their families and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its next 5K Celebration of Life event.