Monday, October 24, 2016

Giving the Gift of Life

Giving the Gift of Life Jersey Shore and the NJ Sharing Network hosted its biennial Zan’s Garden of Life ceremony – a tribute to those who have donated their organs and given the gift of life to others. Families and caregivers attended the moving ceremony and visited the garden, where individual bricks honor their loved one’s sacrifice.

This year’s ceremony was especially poignant, as Caroline Duerr, a Neptune High School student who played the violin beautifully at 2013’s Garden of Life ceremony, was honored for her extraordinary gift of life.

A talented musician, Caroline was so impacted by the message she heard, she discussed the power of organ donation with her parents. When Caroline passed in March of 2015, her parents immediately knew what Caroline would have wanted and donated her organs, ultimately giving hope to so many other families. For more information about giving the gift of life, please visit

Watch her touching story here:

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