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A father, a brother and a husband will echo the experience of those whose loved one saved lives after passing away. Alex Rodriguezof Cicero, Illinois, brother of boxer Francisco “Paco” Rodriguez, who died from injuries in a title bout yet saved five lives through organ donation; Juan Espino of Fort Worth, Texas, husband of Stella Espino who suffered a brain hemorrhage as they prepared to celebrate 25 years of marriage, and saved 8 lives after her passing; and Arnold Pérez of Los Angeles, Calif., whose son lost his life in a sledding accident when he was six years-old and saved four people, including a girl who received his liver and is now a grown woman in close contact with the family.
Representing living donation will be riders Max Zapata of Clovis, Calif., and Johnny Orta of Riverside, Calif. Zapata was an altruistic donor that started a ten kidney transplant chain to help a college student he had never met who was suffering from renal failure. For Johnny Orta, his kidney donation was personal: to his identical twin brother Jake at age 16 – one of the rare instances of living donation by a minor.