Mike Jones is the Founder, President and CEO, of the One Miracle Celebration of Life Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting living organ donors and recipients. His mission is to help bring awareness and educate the public on how to give the “gift of life” (i.e. kidney, liver, bone marrow or blood transfusion) and remain healthy in the process. Jones, a kidney recipient and Organ Donor Educator, was blessed to receive a kidney after waiting five long years. He refused to let dialysis stop him from leading a normal productive life. On September 25, 2001, Jones, a young African-American Christian man, received the “gift of life” from his donor, Patricia Abdullah, a White Muslim woman whom he met while enrolled in a four-day Personal Self-Development seminar earlier that year. After the surgery, Jones was told that it would take him in excess of a year to get back to his normal course of activities. He was able to participate with his normal activities within 6 months of his transplant. (Photo Credits: http://www.onemiracle911.com/)
In 2005, Jones received “The Urban Angel Award for Community Service.” In 2006, Jones honored a young man at the 4th Annual Evening of Jazz for being instrumental in bringing attention to his brother in desperate need of a kidney. Later that year, Jones was able to get the young man’s sister a temporary Visa and flew her from Guatemala to Los Angeles to give her brother the gift of Life (kidney). In 2007, Jones presented “The Inspiration Athlete of the Year” award to Rony Turiaf of The Los Angeles Lakers from ESPN Radio Sports Awards for having heart surgery. He immediately returned to professional basketball following his surgery. In June 2008, Jones and his donor spoke at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and as a result of their testimony, the Pastor’s daughter received a kidney transplant later that year. In 2009, the Master of Ceremony for that event also received a kidney transplant. In the summer of 2012, Jones will be a participant in the next edition of the U.S. Transplant Games.
Combining this miraculous “gift of life” and his love of jazz, The One Miracle Celebration of Life Foundation created an annual “Evening of Jazz” event gathering some of today’s top smooth jazz artists to help him celebrate. September 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA, Jones’ One Miracle Celebration of Life Foundation will host its6th Annual “Evening of Jazz” fundraising event featuring Paul Jackson, Jr. and Friends with special guests Greg Adams, Jeff Lorber, and a very special surprise musical guest that hasn’t performed in the United States in years. In addition to this event and a host of upcoming speaking engagements, Jones is a Donate Life Ambassador for Organ and Tissue Donation as well as a contributing/Co-author to two books, Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul, The Power of Mentorship – Finding your Passion and Author of the new upcoming book In the Company of Angels written by Jones kidney donor, Patricia Abdullah. For more information on the One Miracle Celebration of Life Foundation, visit http://www.onemiracle911.com/ or call (310) 266-4238