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Sharing Network 5K Comes To Paramus April 24

Recipients and families of donors reflect on the value of organ and tissue donation.
Recipients and families of donors reflect on the value of organ and tissue donation. Video Credit: NJ Sharing Network YouTube

PARAMUS, N.J. -- The NJ Sharing Network's Annual 5K Celebration of Life -- with a dual purpose of honoring those impacted by organ donation and also raising money for education and research -- will be in Paramus on Sunday, April 24.

And it's not to late to register or form a team.

The event honors donors and recipients, and serves to give hope to those still waiting. The NJ Sharing Network Foundation has raised nearly $4 million since its first 5K, in 2011. The funds are used to educate people about organ and tissue donation, support research, and support families dealing with these issues.

The registration fee is $30 for those 15 and up, and $15 for younger participants, up until noon on Friday, April 22. After that -- including race-day registration -- it's $5 more. Register online here.

If you're not so much for the running or walking, you can also view and donate to runners on already-formed teams, by clicking here. Some of the team are creatively named, including "50 Ways to Leave Your Liver," which is running in the the New Providence event, on June 5.

Participants who raise $5,000 or more through their personal fundraising page will receive a $300 gift card code to NJ Sharing Network's online store. See all the reward levels here. If you want to just donate directly, click here.

The race will begin at the Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd. Same-day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There will opening remarks at 9:30, and the walk/run will begin at 10.

The event is rain or shine, and this isn't a certified timed race.

The NJ Sharing Network is a nonprofit that is a federally designated organ procurement organization. It's responsible for recovering organs and tissue in the region, and nealy 5,000 state residents are currently waiting for organs or tissue. For more information about the organization, visit its website.

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