Organ donors in New Jersey at a new record high
A new milestone was hit for organ donations in 2019.
According to the NJ Sharing Network, 206 people saved lives through donation last year, a new record. Those donations resulted in 601 organs transplanted.
"Over the last decade, donation has increased 38 percent in New Jersey, which is just incredible. People are willing to give and their generosity is showing now. In 2019, we had a better year than we've ever had before for this," said Elise Glennon, vice president of the NJ Sharing Network.
An additional 1,139 donors in the state provided tissue and eye transplants.
She says despite the donation increase, the need for donations is greater now than ever.
"There are currently 4,000 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant. So it's really important that everyone who wants to give, who wants to help register to become an organ donor so that no one should die waiting for an organ transplant."
Glennon says it's easy to donate.
People can register at the New Jersey Organ Donor Registry through the Motor Vehicle Commission or at NJSharingNetwork.org.
More than 36,000 organ transplants took place in the country last year, according to Glennon.
Joe Cutter is the senior news anchor on New Jersey 101.5