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“The holidays are the perfect time to consider the difference you can make in the lives of others through organ donation,” said Commissioner O’Dowd. “Just one person can make a difference in as many as 50 lives. The gift of life is truly the greatest gift of all.”
Nationally, there are more than 100,000 people—including 4,700
According to Roth, “Organ donation, once considered an experimental technique, has now become an established and safe procedure that has saved thousands of lives. Our groundbreaking programming, including the NJ Hero Act, which mandates secondary education on organ donation, is beginning to show results. However, there is still a critical need with only 32 percent of
Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
“Once you register to become an organ donor, tell your family, friends and health care provider about your donation decision,” added Commissioner O’Dowd. “It is also helpful to include your donation preference in your advance directives, will and living will.”
The need for organ transplants and the shortage of donors affects people of all ethnic backgrounds. However, the need for organ donation is greatest among African Americans and Hispanics because they have higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and obesity—diseases which more often require transplants.
Organizations interested in raising awareness about organ donation can work with NJ Sharing Network and Donate Life NJ to create public service announcements, sponsor press conferences, link their websites to www.donatelifenj.org and organize donor registry drives in conjunction with community events. For more information on working with NJ Sharing Network to encourage increased donor designations please visit www.sharenj.org.
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally-certified, state-approved organ procurement organization.
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