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ORGAN DONATION M�T��BUSTING
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�erman ,“ or meant to be .” Luck sometimes plays a role in organ donor matches , but not often enough . The need isgreat : According to the � . S . �ealth �esources and Services Administration , more than 100,000 men , women , and children are currently on the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network ’ s waiting list� every nine minutes , someone is added to the list , and 1� people die each day waiting for a transplant .
Most often , experts say , successful transplants are due to a combination of education , messaging , dedication and
ever-improving medical training and technology . In New Jersey , where nearly 4,000 residents currently await transplants , organ donation advocates say they have worked hard on all these fronts .
As aresult , “ New Jersey has been a high performer for decades in both deceased and living donations ,” says Dr . Michael J . Goldstein , Director of the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation at�ackensack �niversity Medical Center . ��MC hosts one of a half-dozen transplant centers in the state , and the only one in Bergen County .
After a year of headlines full of needless death and dying , it can be empowering to learn how to make a difference and save lives . �ere are ways you can help .
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Joseph S . �oth , president and CEO of New Jersey Sharing Network , the non-profit organization responsible for recovery of organs and tissue donations in the state , says that raised awareness and new legislation have increased the incidence of transplants from deceased donors in recent years .
“ The �008 �ero Act was asignificant policy change ,” he says . The legislation allows for registering donor information on drivers ’ licenses� requires public high schools to include information about organ and tissue donation in their core curricula�
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