San Bernardino County Proclaims April as DMV / Donate Life Month
San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry officiated the proceedings during the April 21 County of San Bernardino meeting presenting representatives from the donation and transplantation community a resolution proclaiming April as DMV/Donate Life Month.
Donate Life Ambassador and County Employee Linda Miers and local resident Spencer Saks shared their inspirational stories. Spencer who at the age of 9 was diagnosed with a genetic kidney disease; this revelation came soon after his father had also been diagnosed with the disease requiring a kidney transplant. Spencer is currently working towards obtaining his Eagle Scout and may in the future need a transplant.
Linda Mier's daughter was slain in a drive-by shooting a few days after her daughter celebrated her 16th birthday who had recently told her mom that she wanted to be an organ donor.
Patty Hernandez donated her kidney to a stranger after losing her brother-in-law who was unable to get a kidney in time to save his life. Patty expressed her passion for educating the public on organ donation saying that many people want to help, but are scared and confused by false information.
Juliana Schouest needed a kidney. By a chance meeting by Patty's father, a customer of Juliana shared with her that Juliana needed a kidney. Patty discussed with her husband about becoming a donor to Juliana.
In California there are over 27,000 Californians waiting for a life-saving transplant. You have the power to save lives, please register @ www.donatelifecalifornia.org or www.donevidacalifornia.org
Center Photo: Left to Right: Spencer Saks, Linda Mier, Patty Hernandez, Juliana Schouest, Mike Thomas (OneLegacy), Raffaelo Goeting (OneLegacy)
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