This article originally appeared in The Daily Record.
For 11-year-old Emma Navarro of Parsippany, taking part in a 5K fundraising walk Sunday for organ transplant operations will have special significance.
"I want people to sign up for our fundraising walk and to sign up to be organ donors," said Emma, who received a life-saving heart in November. "I'm the proof that organ donation is important."
She will be one of an estimated 5,000 participants in the third annual 5K Walk and USATF Certified 5K Race of the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. The walk and run events will begin in front of the NJ Sharing Network headquarters, 691 Central Ave.
The event raised more than $1 million in the past two years, and organizers expect to raise $750,000 this year.
The N.J. Sharing Network says the 5K honors the legacy of donors and supports their families. Some teams also participate to remember those who died waiting for an organ.