The inaugural Share NJ 5K Race To Save Lives Through Organ & Tissue Donation takes place on Sunday, June 12, in New Providence to raise funds and awareness for NJ Sharing Network Foundation, an organization created in 2006 to support and promote the donation of organs and tissue for transplantation. The Foundation fosters programs and services for donor families, recipients and those waiting for a life-saving transplant.
Millburn resident Lindsay Ganter, Millburn High School Class of 2005, is captain of Team Will in honor of her brother, Will Ganter, who graduated from Millburn High School in 2008.
“On October 18, 2009 Will sustained fatal brain injuries in a car accident and passed away two days later," Lindsay recalls. "In the midst of his tragic passing Will’s spirit endures in the gift of life that he gave to four men as well as to their families and friends.”
Recently MHS teacher Fritz Jonach died unexpectedly, but he too was an organ donor and in his death, he saved other lives.
Family and friends of Will, as well as all who have been touched by those saved by or in need of organ and tissue donation, are invited to join Team Will and walk or run to help save more lives.
“We have organized team Will Ganter to honor Will, his life, and the life that he has given to others," Team captain Lindsay explains. "Along with thousands of other participants, we will be walking/running 3.1 miles on June 12th in honor of those who have given, on behalf of those who have received, and with hope for those who continue to wait for a life-saving transplant.”
For more information, to join the team, or donate in honor of Will or any other donor or recipient, please go to the Share NJ webpage.