Contra Costa Times | Diana Sholley
One float in Monday's Tournament of Roses Parade will stand out with a strong message, especially for 22-year-old organ recipient Megan Corfee of Rancho Cucamonga.
"One More Day," is an entry sponsored by Donate Life, a nonprofit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donations.
Corfee's life was saved in February 1999 when Arnold and Eva Perez of Los Angeles lost their 6-year-old son Hernan in a sledding accident and donated his organs. Four lives were saved, including Corfee's. She was diagnosed with liver disease at 7 and received her transplant at 9.
Arnold Perez is riding on this year's float in honor of his son.
He and his wife staff a Donate Life information table at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoons.
"I saw how they fought to save (Hernan's) life, but it wasn't meant to be," Arnold Perez said. "He was such a generous boy, we did not think twice about donating."
Corfee met Arnold and Eva Perez six years ago, and they have remained in close contact ever since.
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