NJ Sharing Network Foundation Event Celebrates Man Who Gave Gift of Life

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A recent event held at NJ Sharing Network, a federally designated organization dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant, celebrated a man who lives on through those he helped as a donor.

Joseph D’Addio was a loving father and husband with a passion for helping others, whether it was those in his large but very close-knit family or the children whom he coached on youth basketball and softball teams. His generosity and selflessness were well known, which helped his family make the decision for him to be an organ and tissue donor when he passed away suddenly at the age of 50. Joe’s kidneys saved the lives of two people and his tissue has restored health to more than 80 others across the country.

To honor Joe’s memory and the gift he gave, his family created the Joseph D’Addio Fund, a program of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation that seeks to increase outreach to multicultural communities in New Jersey about the critical need and importance of registering as an organ and tissue donor. The recently created program has already funded a Spanish edition of Lily’s Laces, a book written by New Providence author, Rebecca Perlman Coniglio, that teaches children about organ and tissue donation. Continue reading