Local leaders decorate Rose Parade float

Victorville Daily Press | Rene Ray De La Cruz


A RUSSELLCommunity and civic leaders from the High Desert traveled to Pasadena on Monday to help decorate the Donate Life float in preparation for Thursday's Rose Parade.

HESPERIA — It was a special day for organ recipient Paul Russ, who traveled to Pasadena on Monday with a few civic and community leaders to help decorate a special Rose Parade float.

“I placed a rose on the Donate Life float in honor of the City of Hesperia and my brother, Raymond, who donated his kidney to me in 1987,” said Russ, 55, who was elected to the council in November. “I had a viral infection as a child that destroyed both my kidneys. I’ve been very fortunate that my kidney is still doing fine after all these years.”

Every since she received a life-saving lung transplant three years ago, Lena Russell’s goal has been to spread the message of organ donation in the High Desert and beyond.

Over the last few years, Russell, 67, a 2013 Daily Press Person of the Year nominee who lives in Apple Valley and Donate Life Ambassador of the Inland Empire, has taken a group of local leaders to Pasadena where they’ve added a special flower to the Donate Life float. Continue reading
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