Happy Fall!

Hi everyone,

It has been so long since my last post, but for good reason! I have been so busy with NJ Sharing Network events and celebrations, and I wanted to give you a recap of everything that has happened over the past few months. As you may know, the 5K was a huge success this year: We had over 6,000 participants and raised over $800,000! We could not do it without you… THANK YOU! While fundraising is still open, we are excited to give you important news about next year’s 5K. Stay tuned!IMG_4973

Although summer came and went, we ended it on a positive note with National Minority Donor Awareness Week (August 1 – 7), celebrating and remembering minority organ and tissue donors while highlighting the critical need for people from diverse communities to register as organ and tissue donors. Kicking off the school year and following National Minority Donor Awareness Week, Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) gave us a special time to honor Hispanic organ and tissue donors and recipients across the country. While this awareness initiative will soon come to an end, the precious gift of life given by so many will live on forever.

A little fact about me, the fall is my favorite season! I love pumpkin and apple picking, Halloween festivities, and of course my favorite NJSN event (aside from the 5K of course!) our Annual Golf Classic. It was such a success this year – beautiful weather and good company. Thank you to our sponsors! Check out photos from the day.

My favorite time of year is also home to National Donor Sabbath (November 14 – 16), which marks a special time across the country for clergy and their congregations to unite and help spread the word about the gift of life. For resources and more information about how to get involved in your community, download our resource kit!

Well, I won’t keep you any longer… if you’re anything like me you still don’t know what you want to be for Halloween and need to find the perfect costume! Finding a costume to fit my heart-ish figure is always a task.

Stay healthy and happy this Halloween… here’s how!

1. Fill up on healthy foods before going trick-or-treating – the less hungry you are, the less snacking along the way!

2. Hand out low-sugar treats or toys instead of candy – some children prefer to take a small toy (consider pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos, glow sticks). After all, the excitement is in collecting the treats, not necessarily in eating them!

3. Exercise while trick-or-treating: Walk from house to house instead of driving – but be careful! Always make sure you are with a buddy before venturing out on your own.

4. Keep only a small bag of your favorite treats, and hide the rest in the freezer so it is out of sight, and out of mind!

5. Purchase Halloween candy the day of trick or treating to avoid temptation. Buy less than what you think you will need to avoid leftovers and purchase candies that are not your favorite.

XOXO TTYL,

Ms. Pumps