NJ Share Network 5k a Wild Success

Donna Albanese, Gerry Vadis and team captain, Kathy Bertinato

SCOTCH PLAINS/NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – NJ Sharing Network held its second annual 5k race on Sunday, led by Chairwoman Donna Albanese of Scotch Plains.  As MC for the event, Donna shared her story of having given her mother a kidney ten years before, and how her mother had just celebrated her 80th birthday.

Over 6,000 participants gathered in New Providence, either to run the race, or to participate in the walk version.  They were there to support NJ Sharing Network and raised over $529,000 to help education and awareness regarding organ donation.

NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally-certified, state-approved organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the 4,700 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation, and is part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the over 110,000 people on waiting lists.

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Only .0025% of all deaths in the US involved people donating their organs.  Every year, over 6,000 people die while waiting for organ donations.  The good news is that in 1988 only 4,080 people donated organs after death, while the number had risen to 7,943 by 2010.  However, there are still over 100,000 Americans registered with the United Network for Organ Sharing on transplant waiting lists.

One individual who donates after death can provide organs, corneas, skin, bone and tissue for 50 or more people in need.

To find out more about how to register as an organ donor or to make a monetary contribution, log on to http://www.njsharingnetworkfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=386

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