PARSIPPANY — Parsippany is going green this April in support of National Donate Life Month to bring awareness to organ and tissue donation. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 people. Over 118,000 men and women across the country are on the organ donor wait list according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. According to the New Jersey Sharing Network, over 4,000 of those live in New Jersey.
Members of the Morris County Multi-Organ Transplant Group (MCMOTG) teamed up with Venture Crew 890 Red Eagle Dancers, Boy Scout Troop 72, New Jersey Sharing Network and Team Liberty at Parsippany Town Hall on Tuesday, April 11 along with Parsippany Mayor James Barberio to spotlight Donate Life Month. The transplant group would like to thank all the participants, including the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and K-Kids, for their support in promoting organ donation in Parsippany this month.
New Jersey Sharing Network is the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organ and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. NJSN celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2017 and is responsible for many local Donate Life Month activities. NJSN helped make 613 organ transplants possible, broken down into 138 liver, 24 pancreas, 299 kidney, 70 heart and 82 lung transplants. This represents a 15% increase from 2015 figures. In addition, 767 tissue donors in the areas of bone, skin, corneas, heart valve and saphenous veins represented an increase of 10% over 2015.
Members of the MCMOTG have had kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and tissue/bone transplants, are on the wait list, have donated as well as family. Members live in Parsippany, Morristown, Morris Township, Boonton, Denville, Chatham and Lake Hopatcong. The group regularly meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room in the Parsippany Police Station Complex. New members are always welcome. Please call ahead in case of schedule changes. The next meeting is May 3.
For more information on the NJ Sharing Network, click here or call (908) 516-5400.