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Upper Saddle River Resident Celebrates Heart Transplant Anniversary During NJ Sharing Network’s 5K

Upper Saddle River

On September 12, thousands of walkers, runners and volunteers participated in NJ Sharing Network’s 5K Celebration of Life Walk and USATF Certified Race at the organization’s headquarters in New Providence. 

The event, which was presented by Hackensack Meridian Health and Pfizer and supported by dozens of other generous sponsors, honored those who gave the gift of organ and tissue, paid tribute to those who have received a transplant, offered hope to those currently waiting for a transplant and remembered the lives lost while waiting for the gift of life.

Family members and friends of Michael Rizzo of Upper Saddle River, NJ, gathered together to form “The Beat Lives On” 5K team to celebrate with Michael and show their support for NJ Sharing Network’s life-saving mission. 

This upcoming November will be five years since Michael received a life-saving heart transplant.

“I am forever grateful to my organ donor for giving me the gift of life,” Michael said. “I encourage everyone to register as an organ and tissue donor to help save and enhance lives.”

To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit