Summit Mother Inspired to Co-Chair Golf, Tennis Classic After Daughter’s Second Chance at Life
Thursday, September 26, 2013 • 1:45pm
SUMMIT, NJ - Lisa Meyers will never forget the day the phone rang at her Summit home six years ago. It was a call that saved her then 13-year-old daughter’s life.
Sarah Meyers, now a 19-year-old college student, was born with a serious liver condition called biliary atresia, and her family knew at some point she would need a transplant. Sarah’s name was added to a national list of patients waiting for an organ in 2007. She received a liver transplant 30 days later at a hospital in Miami, Florida.
Inspired by her daughter’s second chance at life, Meyers decided to get more involved with -- and give back to -- the New Jersey organization that provides people like her daughter with a life-saving organ and help those who are desperately waiting for a transplant.
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. NJ Sharing Network partners with Donate Life America, a not-for-profit national alliance that drives communities to increase their numbers of registered donors. NJ Sharing Network encourages communities to learn more about organ donation, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor. NJ Sharing Network honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait, and remembers the lives lost while waiting for the gift of life.
“Sarah got the call that saved her life the next to last day of school when she was in seventh grade. I believe that spreading the word about organ and tissue donation is so important and truly saves lives,” said Meyers, who volunteers at NJ Sharing Network. Her volunteer work includes doing everything from stuffing envelopes to speaking to high school students about the importance of organ donation to help spread the word.
Meyers joined the NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board of Trustees last year to help raise funds for education and research and support for donor families. She is also the co-chair for NJ Sharing Network’s 15th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic this year. The event takes place October 7 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, home to the 2016 PGA Championship.
Her husband, Steven, who is president of Evergreen Millennium Capital Inc., is also involved with NJ Sharing Network’s Golf and Tennis Classic. Evergreen is the presenting tennis sponsor this year.
Sarah Meyers, now a sophomore at Seton Hall University in South Orange, also helps spread the word about the importance of organ donation. The 19-year-old believes she has an obligation to educate others about the need for more people to register as organ donors. She said volunteering at NJ Sharing Network is a way of saying thanks for her good fortune. “I was lucky enough to receive a liver, and I think it's important for me to give back by promoting organ donation. I want other people to receive the gift of life that I received,” she said.
Funds raised at the annual golf and tennis classic support the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, the philanthropic arm of NJ Sharing Network and NJ Sharing Network’s mission to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. More than 5,000 people in New Jersey are awaiting life-saving organ transplants. “Our Golf and Tennis Classic raises much-needed dollars to support the life-saving work of NJ Sharing Network This event also helps raise public awareness of the life-saving benefits of organ transplantation,” said Elisse Glennon, executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation.
Tennis matches will take place at the nearby Centercourt Athletic Club in Chatham, with shuttles for tennis provided. Space to play in NJ Sharing Network’s 15th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic is limited and filling up quickly. Remaining space will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information about participation or sponsorships, please contact Jackie Lue Raia at 908 / 516-5686.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation or to get involved with NJ Sharing Network call 1-800-742-7365 or visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org to register as an organ and tissue donor.