NJ Sharing Network’s Helen LaCarrubba Shares Six Things You Should Know About Her!

After Helen LaCarrubba graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with a degree in medical technology, she saw a job posting at the NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation, for someone with blood bank experience. 
The Wayne resident has worked there for the past 21 years. Today, she is a molecular specialist who uses the latest DNA testing technology to facilitate donor-recipient matches.

Read the six things you should know about Helen on North Jersey.com!

NJ Sharing Network Recognized As One Of New Jersey’s “Best Places To Work”

NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, today announced they are among the top 25 Best Places to Work in New Jersey selected by NJBIZ. The Best Places to Work in New Jersey awards program recognizes and honors the state’s top employers who show a dedication to their employees’ professional growth and quality of life.

A range of positives including employee benefits, work-life balance, salary and culture are just a few ways 2018’s Best Places to Work in New Jersey honorees have set themselves apart. Best Places to Work companies are determined through the completion of a Best Places to Work questionnaire as well as an employee survey from Best Companies Group, sister company of NJBIZ. NJ Sharing Network was among 100 small, medium and large-sized companies who were recognized.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey. Our staff, volunteers, and most importantly, the donor families and transplant recipients who visit us and share their stories, make our headquarters feel like home,” said Joe Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “As an organ procurement organization, the responsibilities can be emotionally and physically taxing. Our staff, inspired by our mission, always rises to the occasion and we do everything we can to ensure their well-being.”

Christy Sambolin, RN CPTC, Manager of Clinical Donation Services at NJ Sharing Network affirmed this recognition. “I have been working at NJ Sharing Network for 11 years and I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” she said. “I am so proud to be a part of our mission and to know that the work we do is saving lives and helping families heal.”

In 2017, more New Jersey residents gave the gift of live than ever before, resulting in over 550 lives saved. There are currently nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents awaiting a life-saving transplant. Every day, approximately three people are added to the New Jersey waiting list and last year nearly 100 people died while waiting for a transplant. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 people.

About NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network saves lives through organ and tissue donation. Located in New Providence, NJ, the organization recovers organs and tissue and belongs to a national network that helps the 115,000 people waiting for a transplant. New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, having a conversation with family and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its upcoming events.

2020 Donate Life Transplant Games To Be Held At New Jersey Meadowlands

 NJ Sharing Network, along with 12,000 Transplant Recipients,

 Living Donors, Donor Families and Supporters to Celebrate Life in July, 2020

Officials from the Transplant Games of America® (TGA) today announced that the New Jersey Meadowlands Community will host the Donate Life Transplant Games from July 17-22, 2020. The Games are a multi-sport festival for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, and bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients. The six-day event includes a full schedule of special events that recognize the success of donation and transplantation while honoring the generosity of donors and their families. The successful bid was a collaboration of local partners led by NJ Sharing Network, the state’s organ procurement organization that saves lives through organ and tissue donation.

“There were many compelling bids to host the Transplant Games but it was clear that the Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau and NJ Sharing Network were the right partners to make this the best Transplant Games ever. NJ Sharing Network’s leadership enables them to consistently deliver extraordinary results in areas that include education, fundraising, public policy, medical services and more. We know they’ll put that same rigor and excellence behind the Transplant Games,” said Bill Ryan, President and CEO of the Transplant Games of America, an initiative of the Transplant Life Foundation. Ryan added that the Meadowlands offers top-level facilities and unparalleled access to the greater metro New York area. As such, it will attract national and local media, offer a myriad of transportation and logistical options and conveniences. “The Meadowlands location will serve as a magnet for participants and spectators who want to visit local attractions – from the Big Apple to the Jersey Shore,” said Ryan.

The Transplant Games of America will include over 20 competitions as well as a full program of special events. It is anticipated that the 2020 Games will include some unique “winter” competitions as part the of American Dream project.

“The Transplant Games are the ultimate representation of what we stand for: courage, achievement and triumph over adversity,” said Joe Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “These Games will be an awe-inspiring demonstration of the power of life, in some cases literally passed from one participant to the next. They will embrace the entire transplant community – healthcare providers, recipients, donors, donor families, patients waiting for transplants, organizations like ours, and other supporters, in a shared mission to highlight the need for and the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation.”

Lead partners include NJ Sharing Network, Hackensack Meridian Health, RWJ Barnabas Health, Novartis, American Dream, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Hosting the Transplant Games, ‘live from the Meadowlands,’ home of world renowned major sporting events, will not only showcase the incredible competitors but it will elevate the awareness and importance of organ and tissue donation advancing the Donate Life cause. We are extremely honored and proud to be a partner of the 2020 games,” said Jim Kirkos, President and CEO of Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Today there are 115,000 individuals in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant, and nearly 4,000 are waiting in New Jersey. Nationwide, 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

About The Transplant Games of America

The Transplant Games of America® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation, as well as to bring awareness to the tremendous advances in the field of transplantation and in the development of immuno-suppressant drugs in the pharmaceutical industry.

About NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network saves lives through organ and tissue donation. Located in New Providence, NJ, the organization recovers organs and tissue and belongs to a national network that helps the 115,000 people waiting for a transplant. In 2017, more New Jersey residents gave the gift of life than ever before, resulting in over 550 lives saved. New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, having a conversation with family and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its upcoming events.

About the Meadowlands Regional Chamber and the MLCVB

The Meadowlands Regional Chamber (MRC) has a membership of more than 1,100 businesses and advocates for both economic and destination development. The Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau (MLCVB), a division of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber, is the comprehensive destination-marketing channel for travel to the metropolitan New Jersey region. The MLCVB presents its unique sports, entertainment, ecological, cultural and transportation assets as an emerging primary destination as well as an alternative to New York City to attract new and extended visits. The MRC and the MLCVB played crucial roles in bringing the 2014 Super Bowl to the region, and it continues to lead the public debate surrounding issues that will affect the growth of the region.

 

 

Rose Parade Float To Honor 29-Year Old Tissue Donor From Newark

Local Resident One of Four New Jerseyans Recognized on the

2018 Rose Parade Donate Life Float

At the January 2018 Rose Bowl Parade, four New Jersey families will be in Pasadena to see the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. One of these families will be the Garcia family from Newark, NJ. Making its 15th appearance in 2018, the float serves as a memorial to organ and tissue donors and a platform for donor families, living donors and transplant recipients to inspire the world to save and heal those in need through the gift of life.

With support from Donate Life America and other affiliate organizations, NJ Sharing Network, the family and friends of Ezequiel and Iris Garcia will gather in The Learning Center at Clara Maass Medical Center, One Clara Maass Drive in Belleville on Thursday, November 30th at 6:00 PM to finish a floragraph – a portrait that is made from natural materials, such as flowers and seeds in the likeness of organ and tissue donor Reinaldo Garcia, who passed away suddenly in 2011.  Once the floragraph is complete, it will then travel to Pasadena to be placed on the Donate Life Float.

Clara Maass Medical Center is a hospital partner of NJ Sharing Network and where Ezequiel and Iris return to share their son’s story with staff.

García’s floragraph is sponsored by Bridge to Life Ltd, whose mission is to improve organ transplants through licensing and developing new preservation solutions and technologies and providing the highest quality of service to organ procurement organizations and transplant centers.

“It is an honor to partner with Bridge to Life as the Garcia family travels to California to celebrate Reinaldo and the lives he touched,” said Joe Roth, President and CEO, NJ Sharing Network. “The Donate Life Float is a remarkable tribute to the power of organ and tissue donation.”

García, who lived in Newark, NJ became a tissue donor at the age of 29. Growing up, García was a very healthy and active boy, who, early in life, demonstrated a high degree of intelligence, curiosity and ability to play sports. He finished his undergraduate degree in Education and became a Physical Education teacher at a local High School in Newark. He was beginning his sixth year as a teacher when he passed away in September 2011. García had a very pleasant personality and was passionate about everything in life. He loved to coach younger athletes and volunteer for all kind of events and activities. According to his family, offering Reinaldo’s tissue for donation is the most important decision they have ever made. His father, Ezequiel García, and his mother, Iris, are both volunteers of NJ Sharing Network and are passionate advocates of the organization’s mission. Ezequiel recently joined the Foundation Board of Trustees at NJ Sharing Network.

To date, there are over 120,000 people waiting for a transplant and 22 die each day while waiting for a transplant, but one donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of over 75 people.  In New Jersey, there are over 4,000 people on the waiting list and one person dies every three days waiting.

New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, talking about it with their families and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its next event.

About NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network saves lives through organ and tissue donation. Located in New Providence, the organization recovers organs and tissue and belongs to a national network that helps the 120,000 people waiting for a transplant.  In 2016, more lives were saved than ever before. Thanks to the selflessness of New Jersey organ donors and their families who said yes to donation last year, 613 people are alive today. This year, the organization is celebrating 30 years of saving lives. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.

About Clara Maass Medical Center
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass recently completed state-of-the-art campus expansion project featuring a new four-story 87,000 square foot building with a private, 32-bed Intensive Care Unit, new Main Entrance and Lobby, Retail Pharmacy, Patient Registration Area and designated new space to accommodate our future Emergency Department expansion. Clara Maass’ services include: The Cancer Center, Center for Breast Health and Disease Management, Radiation Oncology, Infusion Therapy, Cardiac Services Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Lab, The Vein Center, The Wound Center, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation; Therapy Services which includes, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, Pediatrics, Center of Excellence for Latino Health, and the Health and Wellness Center. Clara Maass has been recognized nine Grade ‘A’ scores for patient safety and quality by The Leapfrog Group. It is listed by the American Hospital Association as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired hospitals. In 2016-17 Clara Maass has received the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award and the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. Clara Maass received Disease Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Congestive Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. Clara Maass earned Clara Maass’ steadfast commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves is exemplified through award winning programs including the nationally recognized HELP Volunteer program, recipient of the American Hospital Association 2017 HAVE Award, and the Wellness Assessment Van for Elders (WAVE) which was recognized as the New Jersey Hospital Association’s 2017 HRET Community Outreach Award. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.rwjbh.org/claramaass.