Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A Livingston family unveiled a floragraph likeness of their 11-year-old son, whose organ donations saved the lives of four people after he died of an allergic reaction.
The legacy of Jason Jiaa will live on through others, his parents said. That is why they decided to donate the 11-year old's organs after Jason died of an allergic reaction in 2008. “It's hard but we feel this is the best way to help people who really need it,” said Henry Jiaa, Jason's father. “We learned that 150,000 people are on the waiting list and that 18 people die every day because they can't get the organ donations they need.” Jason's parents, Henry and Sue Jiaa of Livingston, unveiled and put the finishing touches on a floragraph depiction of young Jason during a special ceremony on Tuesday at the Tzu Chi Foundation in Cedar Grove, where Jason attended classes. Tzu Chi is a non-profit Taiwan Buddhist organization with divisions in…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Thousands walk/run to support and promote “Gift of Life” through organ & tissue donation. North Caldwell teen's Bar Mitzvah project raised money for the race and to support his nine-year-old brother, Sam, a heart transplant recipient.
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Monday, June 11, 2012
Some ran to honor those they lost. Others ran to give thanks for a second chance at life. Nearly 5,000 people, united by their support for organ and tissue donation, gathered Sunday for the Second Annual Share NJ 5K Race to Save Lives through Organ & Tissue Donation. The event, with record turnout, raised more than $560,000 to provide education, outreach and family support. Check out photos from the event. More than 245 teams participated, most connected through the story of an organ donor or recipient—or someone on the waiting list. “I am here today because there are no words to thank the person who saved my life and allowed me to continue to be a teacher, a mom, a wife and a friend,” said Maria Feeney, a 39-year-old heart recipient from…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Caldwell resident heads up NJ Sharing Network Foundation, believes in powerful gift of organ donation.
Two years ago, Caldwell resident Elisse Glennon became the executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the state's organ procurement agency. Glennon walks into work each day inspired by the foundation's mission to increase awareness, provide public education and fund research programs to increase the number of lives saved and enhanced through organ and tissue donation. "We will not stop until everyone who needs a life-saving transplant, receives one," she told Patch after just wrapping up a busy April, a.k.a. Donate Life Month. Next, Glennon is focused on the second annual Share NJ 5K Race to Save Lives, a walk/run taking place in New Providence on Sunday, June 10. 1. What is the mission of NJ Sharing …