Source: Visalia Times - Delta
When the California Transplant Donor Network called Visalian Sunny Luna during the summer and asked her if she would "mind" riding on a float on the organization's Rose Parade float, she couldn't say no.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime," said Luna, 35, who has been involved with the organization for years.
Luna, one of at least two Tulare County residents who'll take part in the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1, will use the opportunity to promote the benefits of organ
In January, Luna received a transplant from Maria de los Angeles Yepez, a pastor at the Universal Christian Church of The Salvation
Luna is one of the 24 organ-transplant recipients from across the United
"My donor gave me a new life. I am able to raise my son," Luna said. "I learned to appreciate life a little more."
Luna, her husband, Chris, and her 8-year-old son, Christopher, will leave Tuesday for Pasadena, where they will attend various events and help decorate the float.
Luna plans to wear a red sweatshirt from California State University, Fresno, her alma mater, to represent the Valley.
"It's an experience that is unforgettable," said Luna, whose husband and son will watch from the grandstands.
The "Donate Life" float is entry No. 10 and the fourth float that onlookers will see, Luna said. Information about the float is available atwww.donatelifefloat.org.