Golf Classic on Oct. 5 at Baltusrol Golf Club supports life-saving mission of organ and tissue donation

Jill Morton, a Westfield native, will participate in the 17th annual NJ Sharing Network Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 5 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield. (courtesy photo)

For Jill Morton, the opportunity to play at the 17th Annual NJ Sharing Network Golf Classic is a happy homecoming.

Morton, a Westfield native who graduated from Westfield High School, has competitively played golf all over the world – most notably as a silver medalist in the U.S. Transplant Games in 2004. As a competitor at the World Transplant Games as well, Morton has won gold medals in various sports, including tennis and cycling. She now lives in Manhattan and – as a kidney recipient who spreads the word about organ donation wherever she goes – she is eager to support NJ Sharing Network.

"This is a terrific group of dedicated people and I am so pleased to be involved with NJ Sharing Network," Morton said. "It is so important to spread the message of organ donation and to never lose hope. I am connected forever with my donor family. I am proudly carrying another person with me always."

Morton will join in the event on Monday, Oct. 5, to spread the life-saving message of organ and tissue donation, to highlight the fact that nearly 5,000 people remain on the transplant waiting list in New Jersey for organs and tissue and to help raise funds for education, research and donor family support. Continue reading