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Thursday, January 21, 2016

SJ woman is now an organ donation advocate

Courier-Post | Celeste Whittaker
Rosanne Lemansky lost her brother to a brain hemorrhage in 2006. The family decided to donate his organs and tissue to Gift of Life.(Photo: Photo provided)

MOUNT LAUREL – Rosanne Lemansky and her family were in a tough position in 2006 after their loved one ended up on life support after a tragic event.

Her brother Roger Garrett, 57, suffered a brain hemorrhage and was declared brain dead. Lemansky and other close family members were approached in the hospital about the possibility of organ donation.

Lemansky, along with her husband, Joel, and her mother Ida Geltzer, came to the decision that organ and tissue donation would be the best thing they could do. The family signed the necessary paperwork with the Gift of Life Donor Program and have reaped the rewards of doing so ever since.

It brought them some light out of a dark and traumatic situation.

“We had never thought about it,” Lemansky said of organ and tissue donation. “We had never spoken about it. Our rabbi was with us that morning. I had asked my rabbi if he would come to the bedside with us and do a little something when we said goodbye to my brother. He happened to be there when we were approached by this woman who was a transplant coordinator from Gift of Life.” Continue reading
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