April marks National “Donate Life Month”

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PARSIPPANY — April marks National “Donate Life Month” to promote the life-saving gift of organ and soft tissue donation awareness.  Parsippany’s kick-off was held on Monday, April 6 with members of Venture Crew 890, New Jersey Sharing Network, Team Liberty and the Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group, along with Mayor James Barberio. 

This is the start of a month of organ and tissue donation awareness activities in our area.  The Morris County Group held a “Make A Difference Monday” fundraiser at Gourmet Café, with proceeds benefitting the New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation.  Anyone who missed the fundraiser and wishes to contribute is asked to support their 5K team, “Morris Miracles,” by making an on-line donation by clicking here.

The Venture Crew tie green ribbons on the trees which line North Beverwyck Road in Lake Hiawatha as well as municipal buildings. 

The Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant group also has a display on the lower level at the main branch of the Parsippany Library and the New Jersey Sharing Network donor quilt is also on display this year.

Other activities planned for this April include a New Jersey Sharing Network 5K fundraiser on Sunday, April 12 in Paramus and “Blue and Green Day” on Friday, April 17.  Members of the Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group are asking everyone to wear blue and green on April 17 to highlight the life-saving gift of organs and tissue.  One single donor can save dozens of lives and restore others.  According to the Sharing Network, more than 120,000 people nation-wide are waiting for a life-saving transplant, with 18 people dying each day on the waitlist.

The NJ Sharing Network Foundation is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through education, research, donor family support and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. By making a contribution to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, you empower our efforts, bringing us a step closer to providing the greatest gift of all: life.

The Morris County group is open to anyone in the area who has had any transplant, is on the wait list, has donated as well as their family.  Members hail from Parsippany, Chatham, Denville, Boonton, Butler, Randolph, Morristown, Morris Township and beyond. 

Anyone interested in the group should contact Nick at (973) 984-6966.  They meet the first Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room of the Parsippany Police Station, 3339 Route 46.

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