Donate Life Float Honoree

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Cornea Donor
Age 41 ~ Redwood City, CA
Donated on 9/22/2013
at Mission Hospice

Sponsored by Tissue Banks International (TBI)

Ana Mariko Stenzel was a force of nature throughout her 41 years. Born one of a twin with cystic fibrosis, she received two double lung transplants at ages 28 and 35. Ana enjoyed a full life, earning two degrees, working 16 years as a genetic counselor, traveling and enjoying the outdoors. She and her twin, Isa, published a memoir "The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis," that inspired a documentary film. After her death from metastatic cancer, Ana donated her corneas so that two others could enjoy the sights she had seen. Considering Ana's image on the float an honor, Isa confirmed that it "eases the grief of her absence by knowing that her gift of sight is another part of her legacy."

Ana's Story

Ana Mariko Stenzel was a force of nature throughout her 41 years. Born one of a twin with cystic fibrosis (CF), she was given a 50% chance of survival before her intestinal surgery at three days of age. At ages 28 and 35, Ana received two double lung transplants.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ana and her twin sister Isabel endured daily respiratory therapy and countless hospitalizations. Their German and Japanese parents taught them discipline but also to love life, especially the outdoors. According to Isa, Ana "loved butterflies because they represented lungs and new life." Continue reading
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