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NJ Sharing Network works year-round to educate the public about the organ and tissue donation process and inspire people to choose to donate life. This section is your resource for fact sheets and backgrounders in providing information about organ and tissue donation or covering stories as a member of the media. Please direct all inquiries to Gary Mignone, Manager, Marketing and Communications: (551) 574-3059.

About NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network is the federally-designated, non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. Nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents are currently awaiting transplantation. NJ Sharing Network is also part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the 110,000 people currently on the waiting list.

With headquarters in New Providence, NJ Sharing Network operates 24/7/365 with a team of over 150 highly trained and dedicated staff members. Its nationally-recognized Transplant Laboratory is a fully accredited state-of-the-art facility performing pioneering research and histocompatibility testing for deceased and living organ donors and recipients. The headquarters features highly-visible, artistic tribute displays to honor the legacy of organ and tissue donors, transplant recipients and community advocates in many meaningful ways. NJ Sharing Network has been selected by NJBIZ as one of the state's Best Places to Work in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Our Leadership

Our Leadership Team operates under the direction of Joe Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Our Governing Board of Trustees provides consistent oversight of our mission, objectives, budgets, strategy, results and achievements with the focus always on our core purpose of saving and enhancing lives.

Our Foundation's Board of Trustees continues to create innovative strategic initiatives to support organ and tissue donation.

 

Facts and Figures

  • One organ and tissue donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others. Transplantable organs include heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and intestine. Transplantable tissue include corneas to restore sight, bone and ligaments to repair injuries, skin grafts to heal burns and for surgical reconstruction and heart valves to replace diseased valves.
  • 110,000 people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Every day, 17 people die waiting for a transplant. Nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
  • 2020 was a record-breaking year for NJ Sharing Network’s life-saving mission. The number of organ donors in a single year reached an all-time high as 222 generous individuals gave the gift of life, an 8% increase over last year’s previous record.
  • In 2020, 572 organs were transplanted thanks to donors in New Jersey, including 339 kidneys, 124 livers, 50 hearts, 45 lungs and 14 pancreases. In addition, 46,462 tissue and eye donations healed and enhanced the quality of life of those in need. Tissue donations include eye corneas, heart valves, skin grafts, and bone grafts, ligament and tendons.
  • There are 6 transplant centers in New Jersey.
  • Approximately 95 percent of Americans say they support organ and tissue donation, yet only about 40 percent are registered donors.
  • More than 2.5 million New Jersey residents have registered as organ and tissue donors. New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org/Register, sharing their decision with family and friends, joining NJ Sharing Network at upcoming events such as the 5k Celebration of Life and Transplant Games of America and becoming a volunteer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my own medical care be compromised if the hospital is aware that I have an organ donor designation on my license?

No. The decision to be an organ donor will in no way affect the level of medical care for a sick or injured person. The team of doctors and nurses involved in treating the patient is not involved with the recovery/transplant team, which is called only after death has occurred.

Are there additional costs to be an organ and/or tissue donor?

There is never a charge to the family or estate of the donor for organ and tissue recovery. All associated recovery costs are paid by NJ Sharing Network. It is an altruistic gift and by law, NJ Sharing Network is not able to pay for any other funeral or hospital charges unrelated to the donation process.

Will the donation impact traditional funeral services?

The cause and circumstances of death could have an impact on timing and funeral arrangements. It is important to work with an experienced funeral director. During the recovery procedure, the utmost care and respect is taken with the donor’s body and every effort is made to meet your needs. Donated organs and tissues are removed by skilled medical professionals in a sterile surgical procedure.

Can organ transplants be “bought” by the wealthy and powerful?

No. Organs are computer matched according to compatibility of donor and recipient tissue, determined by various tests, waiting time, and the medical need of the recipient. Social or financial data are not part of the computer database and therefore, are not factors in the determination of who receives an organ.

Do all religions support organ and tissue donation?

Most religions support donation and consider it the greatest gift a person can give.

Is there an age limit for donation?

There is no definitive age limit for organ donation. NJ Sharing Network has successfully procured organs from donors as young as a few days to adults in their 90s. A patient’s medical history is more important than the age of the donor. If a patient has a normal functioning organ and is in good health, then organ donation can be an option.

Do I have to renew my organ donor designation every time I renew my driver’s license or state-issued ID?

Yes. Every time you renew your license or state-issued identification card, be sure to indicate your donor designation. You can also register online.


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