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We champion the importance of organ donor registration. Why? #4AJ
AJ'S GIFTS OF LIFE SAVED THREE MEN'S LIVES
GAVE SIGHT TO TWO PEOPLE
WE STARTED THIS ORGANIZATION IN 2013 TO ADVOCATE FOR ORGAN DONATION
BECAUSE IT SHOCKED US THAT IN
THE NYC AND SURROUNDING REGIONS THE ORGAN DONOR RATE WAS ONLY 221 DONORS
10,000 PEOPLE WHERE ON THE WAITING LIST FOR LIFE SAVING DONATIONS
AND NEW YORK CITY WAS 50TH IN THE NATION FOR DEATH DONORS
For the past 10 years The AJ Project has been educating, registering and
advocating to NYS legislature for positive change for donors and recipients
Our work has made a BiG difference!
501(c)3 not for profit
Co- Founder Christine Perrelli speaks with Donna Drake giving her Why?
Like AJ, The AJ Project is a cheerleader, fundraiser, networker and supporter to the creative arts community. With every program we do for organ donation we try to incorporate some form or artistic creation and support the artistic communities that AJ loved so much.
With the help of professionals and volunteers, our Create from the Heart programs have connected music, dance and visual arts to important causes especially organ donation awareness. Since 2017 we have hosted a variety of events.
Click Here to watch The Create from the Heart Dance. This dance was inspired by a recording of AJ Perrelli's heartbeat taken just hours before he gave the gifts of life through organ donation.
pictured: Cristina Tumillo Kerry Ann McManuas (choreographer) Christine Perrelli, Donor mom and AJP founder, Chris Mankens, Music by Jarvis Green
LIVE LIFE GIVE LIFE Video/ AJP Produced for Create from the Heart Campaign
Why The AJ Project? The simple answer is #4AJ.
When AJ passed away a fund was set up to help with his burial costs. After all was done there was $800 still in the account. AJ's mother promised that any remaining money would be put into a fund for the arts in honor of AJ. Eight years later AJ's gifts are still giving through artistic creation and organ donor awareness campaigns.
This project exists as an extension of our namesake AJ Perrelli's love of creating and connecting those who create. AJ was a professional dancer, singer, actor and stage performer who passed away at the young age of 26. His final casting call was as an organ donor. Because of AJ both in life and after his death people world wide were inspired to pursue their passions for the the arts and also sign up as organ donors.
How can you help?
- Become a part of our community. Contact [email protected].
- Apply to sit on our board of directors or advisory council- send inquiries to [email protected]
- Donate money, raffle items for our annual events, time, talent and your friends lists!
- Create an event to benefit the TAJP or have a house party and invite your friends to learn more about The AJ Project
The AJ Project is dedicated to the memory of Anthony "AJ" Perrelli (AJ's story)
August 5, 1987 - October 16, 2013
The AJ Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.
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