NEWTON, NJ—The Town Council proclaimed April to be National Donate Life Month in the town of Newton, during their regular meeting on Monday.

On hand to accept the proclamation was the NJ Sharing Network.  The New Providence based organization is celebrating 30 years of saving lives.  They address the urgent need for organ and tissue donors across the country and hopes to promote a better understanding about the life-saving benefits of donation and transplantation.

Mayor Sandra Diglio presented four members that were present with the proclamation certificate as she read the proclamation aloud, which stated some of the following information:

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“WHEREAS, 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…currently, there are over 4,000 New Jersey residents and over 120,000 Americans awaiting life-saving transplant operations;”

Councilwoman, Helen LeFois, shared a personal experience she had with the NJ Sharing Network and organ donation.

“My family and I lost my brother very young, 39, to a massive heart attack. We did not know that he had registered as an organ donor until after he had passed,” LeFois said. “The network gave my family bracelets and a certificate to display and hand out at the funeral.

“I visited the NJ Sharing Network’s New Providence location and was given a tour of the building. In the building there is a wall of names, names of donors, and I was shown my brother’s name on the wall. I am very glad that we are recognizing National Donate Life Month in the Town of Newton.”

Those who are interested in registering as a donor can register through their local Motor Vehicle Agency or online at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, where there is also more information about donating, as well as other volunteer opportunities.

“WHEREAS, every capable person should 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,” states the proclamation. “Be it resolved that the Town Council of the Town of Newton does proclaim April as Donate Life Month in the Town of Newton, New Jersey, and we urge all residents to join us in promoting organ and tissue donor education throughout the month.”