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Thousands of people joined together recently on the Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove to show their support and raise funds for organ and tissue donation during NJ Sharing Network’s 5K Celebration of Life Walk and USATF Certified Race. 

 The May 18 event, sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health, included organ and tissue transplant recipients, donor families, living donors, hospital partners, and dedicated volunteers who were energized to help raise awareness about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In addition to the 5K race and walk, attendees enjoyed music and dancing, food and refreshments, and children’s activities. 

 Another 5K Celebration of Life Walk and USATF Certified Race will be held on Sunday, June 9 at NJ Sharing Network headquarters in New Providence. The New Providence 5K is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health. To participate in the 5K event or contribute to a team, sign up at 

Funds raised by 5K Celebration of Life participants, teams, sponsors, and contributors support the Sharing Network Foundation, which is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through clinical advancement, family support, and public awareness and education. Thus far, nearly $1.3 million has been raised for this year’s campaign. 

 There are over 100,000 Americans – nearly 4,000 of whom live in New Jersey – waiting for a lifesaving transplant. One organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others. To learn more and join the National Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, visit