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December 14, 2011

There are 4,700 New Jerseyans who are on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant, according to the NJ Sharing Network. Yet just one donor can save up to eight lives.

The state is urging residents to register as organ donors with the Motor Vehicle Commission and to communicate that decision to loved ones. About 32 percent of New Jersey residents have registered as organ donors, but he state is urging for greater participation in the program.

Although the shortage of donors affects people of all ethnic backgrounds, the need is greatest among blacks and Hispanics because they have higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, and obesity -- diseases that often require transplants.

More details on how to become an organ donor are available online.

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