More New Jerseyans giving the ‘gift of life’

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Organ and tissue donations in New Jersey soared last year, increasing 37 percent in 2015.

There were 531 donations last year, up from 388 in 2014, according to the NJ Sharing Network. But officials emphasize the need for this type of giving is greater than ever these days.

Joe Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network, which coordinates donations and donors with 54 hospitals in the state, says although donations are up, the need is also rising.

“The population is both aging and also suffering from various diseases that create end-stage organ failure,” he said, listing such maladies as diabetes, hypertention and obesity.

Roth believes a key component to the 2015 record high was public education and awareness about the need for organ donation. Continue reading