Thursday, July 16, 2015

Eagle Scout Receives Prestigious College Scholarship by Advocating for Organ and Tissue Donation

New Providence - Berkeley Heights Patch 

A recent Bergen Catholic High School graduate, who earned his Eagle Scout by launching an organ and tissue donation awareness campaign in Bergen County, has been awarded the fifth-annual NJ Sharing Network Foundation Scholarship.

In a July 9 ceremony at NJ Sharing Network in front of the full staff, the $4,000 scholarship was announced for Harrison Brace, 18, who will be heading off next month for his freshman year at the University of South Carolina to study marine biology.

“We had 13 applications for the scholarship this year, but Harrison’s truly stood out,” said Phil Kolm, a member of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board of Trustees and chair of the Grants Review Committee. “Harrison is a tremendous young man with limitless potential. His commitment to educating the public about organ and tissue donation is inspiring and we are proud to award him this scholarship.”

The scholarship is presented annually to an awareness advocate who is personally affected or is a family member of someone personally affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation (i.e.: organ and/or tissue donor, living donor, transplant recipient, waiting for a transplant or died waiting for a transplant).

Brace, a volunteer firefighter in the Bergen County community of Haworth, told the NJ Sharing Network staff about his aunt, Barbara Gregory, who learned she needed a kidney in 2013. Brace said he is very close to his aunt, growing up just four blocks from her in Haworth, and the news was devastating. Continue reading
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