NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation recognizing the National Donate Life Month at the Monday, April 24 council meeting. He presented the proclamation to NJ Sharing Network representatives Kelly Benventre and Peter Desarno. 

There is an urgent need for organ and tissue donors across the country and the need is growing. At present, there are over 4,000 New Jersey residents and over 120,000 Americans of all ages and ethnic backgrounds awaiting lifesaving transplant operations. “The National Donate Life Month observance promotes a greater understanding about the life-saving benefits of donation and transplantation,” Morgan said. 

NJ Sharing Network , which is celebrating 30 years of saving lives this year, is spreading awareness regarding the importance of organ and tissue donations. “The transplantation of organs and tissue is a miracle of modern medicine made possible through the compassion of organ and tissue donors, enabling surgeons to save thousands of lives every year. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others,” the proclamation read. 

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The proclamation urges “every capable person” to support “this vital effort by registering as an organ and tissue donor, making their family aware of their wishes and being willing to give the precious gift of health, sight and life to people in need.” Anybody can register as an organ and tissue donor at a local Motor Vehicle Agency or online at www.NJSharingNetwork.org.   

Kelly Benventre, Foundation Program Coordinator, said that the organization “values its relationship with the borough” as she accepted the proclamation.

Councilman Armand Galluccio also reminded that anybody can become a living donor. There is “a big need” for organs - such as a kidney or lung - that a living person could donate to a recipient in need, he said. He told the council that two of his friends had made a living organ donation to another friend - saving his life.

NJ Sharing Network will hold its fundraising 5K Race and Walk in New Providence on June 4, 2017.