Hightstown woman calls for organ donation awareness


Jenny Godnick's experience with organ donation first began when her brother-in-law Steven became ill with kidney disease.

Steven was suffering from a severe form of Scleroderma, a long-term autoimmune disease, and lost his kidney function in March 2010. While Steven was a candidate for a kidney transplant, Ms. Godnick, a Hightstown resident, was not a match for him directly.

In May 2014, Ms. Godnick participated in the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Kidney Paired Donation program.

According to the Medical Center's website, KPD is a program that assists donor/recipient pairs who are incompatible with each other to find another donor/recipient with whom they can exchange kidneys to enable a more favorable compatibility and allow a transplant to take place.

"There are more than 120,000 people waiting for a transplant, but one organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of over 75 people. But, for a variety of medical reasons, less than one percent of people can become organ donors," said Joe Roth, president and CEO of the NJ Sharing Network, Joe Roth wants shared.