New Jersey--On April 23, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd, Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez, and Joseph S. Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network and Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, joined organ recipients, donor families and hospital administration and physicians at Newark Israel Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to highlight the importance of organ donation. During the visit, recipients and donor families spoke about the impact donation has had on their lives.
While visiting The Beth, Governor Christie signed New Jersey Bill A1265, which
requires the State Treasurer to disseminate information about organ and tissue donation and designates April each year as "Donate Life Month."
“There are nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents waiting to receive a life-saving organ transplant,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “Donate Life Month is the perfect time for all residents to consider registering as an organ donor. Just one person can make a difference in as many as 50 lives.”
Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
“As New Jersey’s only Lung Transplant Center and the nation’s third largest heart transplant program, we know first-hand the significant role transplantation plays in saving lives,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “In addition to heart and lung, our renal transplant program is in the top five in the nation and our pancreas transplantation program is one of the top in the state. We applaud the Governor and members of the Senate and Assembly for passing A1265 – I am confident this bill will raise the level of awareness and increase the number of lives saved through organ donation.”
Participating in the event was Robert Drummond, a 2009 heart transplant recipient; Delores Cheatam, a 2009 lung transplant recipient; Sudhir Shah, a 2011 lung transplant recipient; and John Sabb, Jr., a living donor kidney recipient who received a kidney from his wife, Roslyn, in June 2010.
Nationally, there are more than 113,000 people waiting for an organ and every 10 minutes another name is added. Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. Organ donor registration is available online or in-person at your local Motor Vehicle Commission agency. To learn more about organ donation, please visit http://www.donatelifenj.org.
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Date: April 23, 2012
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