PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Aug. 14th Plainfield City Council Joint Agenda Session opened with Vice President Barry Goode presenting a Councilmanic Resolution to resident and organ donor recipient Keath Edward Gerald, Jr. 

In 2012, Gerald was given the news by doctors that he needed both a heart and liver transplant to survive.  In 2015, he received the surgery he desperately needed through the NJ Sharing Network of New Providence, a non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant.

Gerald now serves as the Plainfield Ambassador and Community Educator with the very same organization that played a role in saving his life.  On Aug. 5th, he helped organize the Cookout and Kickball Tournament at Milt Campbell Field to celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Week.

The Plainfield City Council and Mayor Adrian O. Mapp recognized the month of August 2017 as Organ Donor Awareness Month, and further recognized Gerald for his bravery and his continued efforts to enhance the Plainfield community by increasing public awareness of the importance of becoming a registered donor.