Man whose organs saved many, including his own mother, to be honored at Rose Parade

Joey Savage was killed in a car crash in 2017 at the age of 25.

Dec 15, 2022, 1:35 PM

Updated 583 days ago


Each year a float in California's annual Rose Parade is built to honor people who passed away but saved lives by becoming organ donors.
Among them this year is a young man from Fredon, Sussex County whose story may be unlike any the state has ever seen.
Joey Savage was killed in a car crash in 2017 at the age of 25. His kidneys were used to save two people whose own kidneys were failing. His liver saved another. And Jim McLaughlin, of Spring Lake, got a new lease on life with his heart.
One year after his death, Savage was able to help his mother who was diagnosed with bone cancer. Doctors were able to use pieces of his bone in a successful spine surgery. It is believed to be the first child-to-parent tissue donation in the history of NJ Sharing Network, which has been facilitating organ transplants in the state for 35 years.
"I had his back for 25 years and now he's got mine,'' said Savage’s mother, Heather Prutzman. "I have a piece of him with me. He's always in my heart. But now I have a piece of him in my back. He's always with me."
On today's episode of "Brian's Positively New Jersey,” Brian Donohue visits the headquarters of NJ Sharing Network as friends and family gather to honor Savage and prepare for his Rose Parade tribute.

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