April 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stacie J. Newton
Office: (973) 972-8761
Cell: (201) 463-2335
INVITATION TO COVER
University Hospital Supports National Donate Life Month this April
Celebration of National Donate Life Month to include
Blue & Green Day, Meet and Greet with Transplant Recipients,
Liver Transplant Team and Organ Donor Recruitment
Newark, NJ – University Hospital employees and volunteers will join thousands from around the country on April 21st from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at University Hospital to celebrate April as National Donate Life Month. To show support for organ and tissue donation, employees, patients and visitors will wear blue and green.
The day of celebration, known as National Blue and Green Day, honors those who have given the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation, those who have received life-saving transplants, those who are awaiting transplants and those who have died while waiting to receive a donated organ.
“While increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors that save and heal lives is part of our daily work, this month serves, not only to honor the lives of those who have given and received, and remember those who died while waiting, it is also an opportunity to renew our commitment to saving lives,” says Joseph S. Roth, president and CEO, NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit agency responsible for recovering organs and tissue in Central and North Jersey.
Currently, there are more than 120,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. And each day, 21 people die while waiting for a life-saving organ. There are now over 117 million registered donors in the United States, including nearly 2.5 million from New Jersey, but the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. A solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. It is important for families to have the conversation about organ and tissue donation and make their wishes known.
University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Located at University Heights in Newark, New Jersey, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties. For more information about University Hospital, please visit www.uhnj.org.
Donated Life America was established in 1992 and is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States, driving individuals, organizations and communities to increase the number of designated organ, eye and tissue donors who save and heal lives with a vision of a nation that embraces organ, eye and tissue donation as a fundamental human responsibility.
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. NJ Sharing Network partners with Donate Life America, a not-for-profit national alliance that drives communities to increase their numbers of registered donors. NJ Sharing Network honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait, and remembers the lives lost while waiting...for the gift of life.
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