Community Medical Center Honors Organ & Tissue Donors
Community Medical Center and NJ Sharing Network hold annual memorial service
for organ and tissue donors, dedicating a tree in their memory.
TOMS RIVER, NJ - Making the choice to become a registered organ donor takes less than
a minute, but the results can be long lasting and life-saving. To honor
the selfless decision made by donors and their loved ones, a special event
is held every year at Community Medical Center to bring together donors’
families as well as recipients at a special memorial service held in partnership
with NJ Sharing Network.
This year’s annual donor memorial event was marked with a special
addition. An evergreen tree was planted in the courtyard next to the Main
Entrance of the hospital to honor organ, cornea and tissue donors. A plaque
was unveiled to commemorate the event. As names of donors were announced,
loved ones stepped forward and placed memory stones, inscribed with honorees’
names, at the base of the tree. A flag, with donors’ names written
on it, was flown over CMC.
“Like the Donor Tree that now stands in our courtyard, donors live
on through the lives they touched,” said Michael Mimoso, MHSA, FACHE,
President & CEO, Community Medical Center. “It will serve as
a constant reminder of our heroic donors, their families, our recipients
and everyone involved in their care.”
The mother of an organ donor, Jane Buckiewicz, spoke about her son Dan
and how he made his wishes known about becoming an organ donor just days
before his fatal accident. Telling his mother that should something happen
to him, someone else would be able to benefit from his ‘beautiful
green eyes’. Not only were his corneas donated to two different
people, helping them to regain sight, his liver and kidneys saved other
lives as well. David Yakencheck shared his gratitude for the generous
choice a 19 year old had made to become an organ donor, ultimately leading
to his life-saving heart transplant over five years ago.
During the event, a memorial quilt, and photos of honorees were on display.
“I am so proud of our team at Community Medical Center and their
commitment to saving lives and giving people a second chance in life through
organ and tissue donation,” said Marley Nicolas, MSN, RN, Organ
Donation Liaison, Community Medical Center.
Those interested in learning more about organ donation or becoming a donor
donatelifenj.org for details.
Community Medical Center has been nationally recognized for donation advocacy,
most recently with ‘platinum’ recognition from the U.S Department
of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services.