NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Recent high school graduate Max Isaac Prince, a North Caldwell resident who has a personal connection to organ donation, became the newest recipient of the Missy’s Miracle Scholarship at this summer’s NJ Sharing Network scholarship reception.

According to the NJ Sharing Network, which saves lives through organ and tissue donation, Prince was kept from a typical childhood when his brother, Sam, was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. Instead of riding bicycles and playing catch with his little brother, Max watched Sam struggle to breathe. Ultimately, one family’s tragedy became his family’s miracle, and Max’s brother received a heart transplant.

Since his brother’s surgery, Max has been devoted to raising money and awareness for NJ Sharing Network, raising thousands of dollars and becoming an official NJ Sharing Network volunteer.

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Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund was created in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Missy Rodriguez's liver transplant, according to the NJ Sharing Network website. The program directly supports scholarships to high school students.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must be a New Jersey resident and full-time high school senior entering college with good academic standing, according to the scholarship description. The student must also be an advocate or have been personally affected by or a family member of someone personally affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Max is pictured above with his parents, Mitchel and Debbie, and with his scholarship award at the NJ Sharing Network scholarship reception in New Providence.

For more information about the NJ Sharing Network’s scholarship opportunities, visit https://www.njsharingnetwork.org/scholarship.