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NJ Sharing Network is committed to providing timely responses to inquiries from the media and supplying information on news regarding organ and tissue donation. Please contact us anytime.  

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 115,000 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.

Transplant Games of America

The Transplant Games of America have been rescheduled for July 16-21, 2021!

12,000-15,000 people are expected to attend this biennial multi-sport festival recognizing the success of donation and transplantation and honoring the generosity of donors and their families.

Learn more

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 restore health to 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.
  • 115,000 people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Every day, 20 people die waiting for a transplant. Nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
  • In 2019, 1,400 donors gave the gift of life and the number of organ donors surpassed 200 for the first time – 206 generous individuals saved lives through donation, resulting in 601 organs transplanted. An additional 1,139 donors helped heal and enhance the quality of life of those in need of tissue and eye transplants, while 173 individuals made the decision to give the give of life as living kidney donors
  • 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, talking about it with their families 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.


Press Releases and Media Highlights

Here you will find our most recent press releases and media highlights.

Upcoming Events Calendar



UPCOMING EVENTS

COVID-19 Update: Please read important info about cancellation of upcoming events and programs.


June 7, 2020

10th Anniversary 5K Celebration of Life
**This event has been rescheduled for September 13**

Sunday | 7:30am Event Begins | 8:30am USATF Race | 10:00am Walk
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


July 17-22, 2020

The Transplant Games of America
**This event is has been postponed - See new dates below - July 2021**


August 2020 

National Minority Donor Awareness Month


August 19, 2020

Advocacy Night

Wednesday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


September 13, 2020

10th Anniversary 5K Celebration of Life

Sunday | 7:30am Event Begins | 8:30am USATF Race | 10:00am Walk
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


September 20, 2020

Bearing the Unbearable: Self Care in Grief
*Grief Support Workshop for Donor Families

Sunday | 10:00am - 12:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


September 21-25, 2020

National MVC Appreciation Week


September 22, 2020

Advocacy Night

Tuesday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


October 12, 2020

22nd Annual Golf Classic & Tennis Tournament

Monday | 9:00am - 4:30pm
Ridgewood Country Club, 96 West Midland Avenue, Paramus


October 18, 2020

Death in the Family: Who Are We Now?
*Grief Support Workshop for Donor Families

Sunday | 10:00am - 12:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


October 22, 2020

Advocacy Night

Thursday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


November 1, 2020

Caregiver Gathering

Sunday | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


November 13-15, 2020

National Donor Sabbath


November 15, 2020

Hope for the Holidays: Healing, Honoring and Finding Peace in Loss
*Grief Support Workshop for Donor Families

Sunday | 10:00am - 12:00pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


November 16, 2020

Advocacy Night

Monday | 5:00pm - 8:30pm
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters - New Providence


July 16-21, 2021

The Transplant Games of America