Organ recipients, donors and volunteers honored at 5K in Long Branch

The race put on by The Sharing Network honors those who gave the gift of life through organ donation, remembers those who died while waiting for an organ donation and those who have benefited from a life-saving donation.

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2022, 2:43 PM

Updated 771 days ago

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Runners and walkers took part Sunday morning in the Celebration of Life 5K in Long Branch.
The race put on by The Sharing Network honors those who gave the gift of life through organ donation, remembers those who died while waiting for an organ donation and those who have benefited from a life-saving donation.
There are currently 4,000 people in New Jersey waiting for an organ transplant. According to United Network for Organ Sharing, one organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others. 
In 2021, 233 people helped save a life by donating an organ, the highest number of donors in a single year in Long Branch.
This is the eleventh year for this run-walk, and the first year back on the boardwalk since 2019 because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Runners and walkers were glad to be back in person to spread the word and encourage New Jersey residents to become organ donors.
Anyone who wants to be registered as an organ donor can do so at RegisterMe.org.


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