Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Young hero honored in the Rose Bowl Parade

WREG | Adam Hammond


ALCORN COUNTY, Miss. — Andrew Loyd’s picture brings up a lot of different emotions for people.

It makes many children in his Alcorn Middle School class happy because he was such a loving and cheerful kid.

But it also makes those same friends sad because of the tragedy that cut his life short.

Catrina Smith was Andrew’s teacher we the 11-year-old was killed by his father in a murder-suicide.

“He’s a hero to these kids because they are more compassionate, forgiving, and they’re more helpful. I can see just a huge difference in the kids he’s touched,” said Smith.

Andrew’s legacy is marked by touching others’ lives.

Andrew’s picture is now featured on a floragraph made of seeds, dried flowers and even coffee beans. Continue reading
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Indiana transplant recipient riding in Rose Parade

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NEW PALESTINE, IND. — A central Indiana woman who has received two liver transplants will ride on a float promoting organ donation Thursday during the Rose Parade in California.

Julia Rejer, a 59-year-old mother of two, has been ill for many of the last 30 years because of a bile duct disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Rejer got sick when her children were 2 and 3. She was often exhausted and nauseated and assumed the symptoms were side effects of being the mother of two toddlers. It took about a year for doctors to diagnose her illness, which only affects about three in every 100,000 people.

Doctors told her she likely wouldn't need a transplant for 10 years, but when her liver did begin to fail, it would fail fast.

The New Palestine resident and her husband, Randy, lived each day not knowing whether she'd receive the transplant she needed. Continue reading
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Christmas miracle for woman awaiting kidney

Sudbury Northern Life Ca | Heidi Ulrichsen


Sudbury woman Melanie Carriere, 24, received a kidney transplant at London Health Sciences Centre Dec. 26. Supplied photo.
Melanie Carriere expected to make full recovery from surgery
Lynn Carriere is still marvelling at what she calls a Christmas miracle.

At around 12:30 a.m. Dec. 26, her family received a long-awaited phone call: London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ont. told them a kidney was available for Lynn's 24-year-old daughter, Melanie Carriere.

For the past three years, Melanie has been living with kidney failure. She's been on a waiting list for a kidney transplant for about 18 months.

Although she's been on nocturnal home dialysis, the young woman's health has severely restricted her activities.

“She can't go swimming, she can't really eat like she wants, she can't really have any sleepovers anywhere, because she's plugged in all night,” Lynn said.
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Springfield woman to ride in Tournament of Roses parade

Springfield News-Leader | Jackie Rewald


Monica Brown (left) received a kidney from Tammy Cecena’s daughter, Abby, who died in 2012. Brown will ride in the Tournament of Roses parade next to a portrait of Abby. (Photo: Submitted photo)

Look for Springfield’s Monica Brown on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade Thursday. The parade airs at 10 a.m. on CBS and NBC.

Brown received a kidney from Abby Cecena, a 16-year-old organ and tissue donor from Waterloo, Illinois, who died in 2012 from a head injury sustained in a car accident. Brown will be sitting next to a floragraph (a portrait made from organic materials) of Abby.

Mid-America Transplant Services sponsored Brown’s trip to participate in the parade in Pasadena, California, along with Abby’s family. The theme for the 126th annual Tournament of Roses Parade is “Inspirational Stories,” fitting for Brown and the Cecena family.

Tammy McLane, director with corporate communications for Mid-America Transplant Services, said the organization usually just sends the family of a donor to the annual parade. But Brown’s and the Cecena’s story is unique in that the two met — by chance — and have since become close. Continue reading
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New Year's Rose Parade float remembers local girl's generosity

Montgomery Advertiser | Rebecca Burylo


Hannah Ridling will be remembered with a floragraph portrait on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. (Photo: Contributed)

The Tournament of Roses Parade, a time-long tradition in Pasadena, Calif., marks the beginning of a New Year, and this year holds a special significance for the Ridlings, a local Montgomery family who lost their daughter, Hannah Ridling, in 2010 at age 16.

On what would have been her 21st birthday, Hannah will be remembered with a floragraph portrait on the Donate Life float, along with 72 other organ, eye and tissue donors from around the country.

Hannah signed up to be an organ donor on her temporary license, before she fell from the back of a moving vehicle she was sitting on with her friends and suffered a fatal brain injury May 23, 2010. She died May 25, shortly after finishing her sophomore year at Trinity Presbyterian School. Hannah's gift of five organs gave four people a second chance at life. Continue reading
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Dallas doctor promotes gift of organ donation at Rose Parade

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Berry family. Dr. Phil Berry’s wife, Karen, and eight grandchildren will be watching for him in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif. A liver transplant in 1986 saved his life, and he spreads the word about organ donation.

Dr. Phil Berry was on the brink of death when an organ donation saved his life nearly 30 years ago.

Now the 77-year-old Dallas orthopedic surgeon will be in the national spotlight in the Rose Parade on Thursday as he continues his fight to persuade others to donate their organs.

Berry will ride on the Donate Life Texas float in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., alongside others who have received organs and family members of donors. His eight grandchildren will get to watch him on national television, almost three decades after his near-fatal brush with hepatitis B. Continue reading
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Oklahoma Organ Donor, Advocate To Walk In Tournament Of Roses Parade

News On 6 | Rick Wells


The pair met in a parent support group and became friends.

TULSA, Oklahoma -Their friendship was forged out of heartbreaking loss and grew stronger after a kidney transplant.

We told you about Stephanie Baker and Cheryl Manley's life-changing story last October.

Now one of them is about make history at Thursday's Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Each of the ladies lost a child and donated that child's organs.

The pair met in a parent support group, became friends, and they have been advocates for organ donation for years.

So when Stephanie developed kidney disease, and Cheryl was a match, there was never a question. Continue reading
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Dhanens among honorees on Donate Life Rose Parade float

Bakersfield Californian | BY COURTENAY EDELHART


By Courtesy Donate Life Float
Philip Dhanens, 18, of Bakersfield, died of alcohol poisoning in 2012 as part of a fraternity pledge process his freshman year at Fresno State University. His image will appear on this year's Donate Life float in the Rose Parade because his family donated his organs. From left to right are his parents, Diane and Paul Dhanens, and girlfriend, Cal Poly Pomona student Zoe Tucker.


A "floragraph" of Fresno State fraternity pledge Philip Dhanens will be among 72 honoring organ and tissue donors on a float in the 126th Rose Parade Thursday.

Composed of coffee, seeds, flowers and other natural materials, Dhanens' head shot will adorn the Donate Life float, "Never Ending Story," which depicts a library of books around a garden full of butterflies.

The theme of this year's parade is "Inspiring Stories," so this, the organization's 12th annual float in the parade, couldn't be a better fit, said Tom Mone, chief executive officer of OneLegacy. That's a nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization serving seven southern California counties, including Kern. Continue reading
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Virginia Beach Organ, Tissue And Cornea Donor To Be Honored On Rose Parade Float

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va - Ethan Troy Williams, a Virginia Beach organ, tissue and cornea donor has been selected as an honoree on the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade® float. A likeness of Ethan will be captured on a floragraph – a portrait made of organic materials such as spices, seeds and crushed flowers.

“The Never-Ending Story” of hope, giving, and life is the theme of the float. Atop the float, the floragraphs will grace 72 books that hold their inspirational stories, with an open book seeming to release 60 butterflies representing the number of lives transformed by a single deceased donor. Thirty riders and 12 living donors, who will walk alongside the float, will add their stories to the float that will be seen by more than 40 million viewers nationwide during the Tournament of Roses® Parade on New Year’s Day.

Since 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has served as a memorial to organ and tissue donors and a platform for donor families, living donors and transplant recipients to inspire the world to save and heal those in need through the gift of life. Today, more than 123,000 candidates are on the national organ transplant waiting list. Largely due to the rarity of donation opportunities, only about 28,000 organs are transplanted each year in the U.S. Additionally, a single tissue donor can save and heal dozens more through needed heart valves, corneas, skin, bone, and tendons that mend hearts, prevent or cure blindness, heal burns and save limbs. Continue reading
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On New Year’s Day, Global TV Audience Will See

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From left: Gates Orlando, hockey legend and heart transplant recipient; Mary Guyette holding the floragraph of her husband, Paul, who was Gates’s donor; and Laurie LoMonaco, a living kidney donor. Paul is one of 72 deceased organ donors whose floragraph will decorate the Donate Life float at the 2015 Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

During the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Thursday, January 1, 2015, the Donate Life Float will be the 27th of 39 floats in the line-up. The Rose Parade will be seen by 800,000 spectators, up to 40 million U.S. television viewers, and millions more in many countries around the world.

Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Solid Organ Transplant Program are pleased to be honoring the following people at the Rose Parade: Continue reading
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Santa didn't bring a liver, but Nazareth area community made Lucas Fox's Christmas brighter

Lehigh Valley | Kelly Huth


Nazareth Area Intermediate School drama club students made Links for Lucas, a paper chain with inspirational messages, and sent small toys to Lucas Fox.Courtesy Photo

Instead of hanging them by the chimney, Lucas Fox's family hung the 10-month-old's first stocking on his Children's Hospital of Philadelphia crib.

In place of Christmas dinner celebrated at the home of a loved one, the Tatamy boy's family gathered in his hospital room to feast on a meal donated by Ronald McDonald House for families celebrating Christmas at CHOP.

His Baby's First Christmas ornament sat lingering on grandmother Patty Brunell's Christmas tree at her home in Bangor, as the family waited for news on their Christmas wish for a new liver for Lucas.

Though the Dear Santa letter they penned to The Express-Times wasn't answered in its entirety; Santa Claus showed himself in other ways.

Christmas spirit

Students from Nazareth Area Intermediate School's drama club collected small toys and crafted a Links for Lucas paper chain to decorate his crib. Continue reading
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Sisters bring Sioux Falls roots to Rose Bowl parade

The Argus Leader | Steve Young


Sisters Cathy Dudley, left, and Melody St. John, who both grew up in Sioux Falls, are involved with floats in today's Tournament of Roses Parade.
(Photo: Submitted photo)


Ozzie Schock, the one-time king of cottage cheese in Sioux Falls, would be so proud.

When the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. CST on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif., two of his daughters are going to be right there in the middle of it.

In a good way.

As one of the leaders of the Hollywood, Calif., Rotary club, daughter Melody St. John will be waving to the crowds from her organization's Rose Bowl float, whose theme is "Changing Lives Through Clean Water."

If you're watching on TV, look for the float with the water well on it, symbolizing Rotary International's commitment to provide clean water through projects launched across the globe, St. John said. "And the candles at the rear of the float represent Rotary's ability to light up people's lives with clean water," she added. Continue reading
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Life's a parade: Reno woman's Rose Parade connection

Reno Gazette Journal | Susan Skorupa


The Rose Queen and her princesses, 1960. Princess Heidi Smith is in the top row, second from right. (Photo: provided by Heidi Smith)

For the past 50 years, Heidi Smith has had a special interest in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade held each New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif.

When she was 17 and a Pasadena City College student, Smith was chosen as a Rose Princess for the event.

This year, the Reno resident has a second reason to catch the parade on television — the Donate Life "Never Ending Story" Rose Parade float.

Years ago, Smith received a blood transfusion that exposed her to the hepatitis C virus.

It was devastating to me," said Smith, the mother of six and grandmother of 15. "I had a lot of little kids at home, but they told me it was possible I could receive a (liver) transplant in the future."

As soon as she was released from the hospital, she and her husband Steve began researching liver transplants. Doctors had told her she would need one within 15 years of her hospitalization. She became active in the transplant network. Continue reading
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Tulsa organ donor to walk in Rose Parade

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Tim Bishop, kidney transplant recipient, will ride on the Donate Life float Thursday in 2015 Rose Parade. Courtesy

Cheryl Manley of Tulsa, a recent kidney donor and the mother of a heart donor, will again do her part for the cause when she participates in the 2015 Rose Parade on Thursday.

To help raise awareness of the importance of organ donation, Manley will march with the annual Donate Life Float, alongside a portrait of her late daughter, Amanda Philpott.

Philpott, whose heart was donated after her death in 1996, will be one of 72 deceased organ and tissue donors depicted in portraits on the float.

The Donate Life Float has been part of the Pasadena, California, parade since 2004. Manley will be one of 12 living organ donors walking with the float, and the first, Donate Life officials say, to accompany a loved one's portrait. Continue reading
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The girl of four who's already had THREE hearts

Daily Mail UK | Chris Brooke


'so inspirational': Four-year-old Summer Carss has had two heart transplant operations after being born with an organ that did not work properly
Brave Summer hoping it will be third time lucky after two transplants to tackle faulty valve and then artery disease
For most of us, one heart will last a lifetime. Summer Carss, however, is on her third – and she has only just turned four.

The youngster has had two transplant operations after being born with a heart that did not work properly.

The most recent operation took place 12 months ago and so far it has been a case of third time lucky. The organ seems to be working well and, much to the relief of her parents, Summer is now living life to the full.

It is extremely rare for such a young child to have had two heart transplants and she could even be the youngest ever.

Her mother Julie Carss, 31, a former nursery nurse, said: ‘Summer is an amazing little girl. Nothing scares her and that is what has helped get her through. Continue reading
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Mother to honor organ donor son at Rose Parade

The Buffalo News | By Joseph Popiolkowski | News Staff Reporter


mas J. Burley had two dreams since he was 3 years old, said his mother, Kathleen A. Forti of Youngstown: to be a firefighter and a police officer.

Sadly, those dreams were cut short on June 18, 2013, when Burley, a 2011 graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School and a member of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department, was killed in a motorcycle crash. He was 20.

“His senior quote was, ‘Firemen never die. They live on through the lives they save,’ ” said Forti, who believes her son, an organ donor, lives on in the people who received his tissue and corneas.

“I know he’s already saved two people from being blind,” she said.

And when the nationally televised 126th Rose Parade sets off Thursday morning down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., Forti will be one of 30 people atop the “Donate Life” float, representing her son who, when asked at age 16, already knew he wanted to be a donor. Continue reading
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Mead Woman Counting On Kindness Of Strangers For Kidney Donation

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MEAD, Colo. (CBS4)- A woman from Mead is counting on the kindness of strangers in her search for a kidney donor.

Brooke Graham is a school teacher who has taken her campaign about Colorado’s long kidney transplant wait list to social media.

“Everything is on hold. Your whole life is on hold,” said Graham.

Graham spends 11 hours a day hooked up to an at-home dialysis machine.
When she was younger it was discovered that one of Graham’s kidneys had never fully developed. During a medical procedure her other kidney failed.

When she was 24 years old, Graham’s sister, Heather, donated a kidney which saved her life. Now that kidney is also failing. Continue reading
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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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Donate Life Rose Float, Never Ending Story, Float rider Adam Teller

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Donate Life Float rider, Adam Teller who is sponsored by American Association of Tissue Banks, injured his neck while playing with his son. His injury required neck surgery and donated tissue.    Adam is holding the hat of Gary Foxen, the founder of the Donate Life Float.  What an honor for Adam.
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Donate Life Float rider, Naomi Kurlowich

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Donate Life South Carolina's float rider, Naomi Kurlowich is sponsored by Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.  Naomi is an avid sportsperson who needed knee surgery requiring the use of donated tissue. 
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Donate Life Float, "Never Ending Story", Float rider Dr. Phil Berry

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Float rider Dr. Phil Berry, liver transplant recipient sponsored by Donate Life Texas is seated and ready for the float judging which is currently on the way.
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ORGAN DONORS TO BE HONORED AT ROSE PARADE

ABC 7 | Leo Stallworth
PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) --

Hillary Crawford Bradford, 36, was killed in 2009. Her organs were donated and saved five lives. Andrew Loyd, 11, was killed two years ago. His donated organs also helped save multiple lives.

Both victim's pictures will be among the photos of many other organ donors featured on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Their families sat together during a breakfast honoring donors.

"Because of her a lot more people are living now as a result of that," Bradford's father, Ray Crawford, said.

"[It's] so therapeutic to know that she was able to help other peoples' families and lives and kind of pay it forward," her mother, Bettsy Crawford, said.

Former NFL star Green Bay Packer John Brockington suffered kidney failure in 2000. He was able to receive a kidney transplant from a donor who ended up becoming his wife. Both will also be featured on the Donate Life float during the parade. Continue reading

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Donate Life Float, "Never Ending Story" Judging about to begin

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Donate Life Float, "Never Ending Story": Float rider, Michael Adams

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Michael, lung transplant recipient, sponsored by Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Program is in place awaiting the judging of the float.


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Donate Life Rose Float- Rose Dedications

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Many touching rose dedications that will be in the memorial garden on the Donate Life Float, "Never Ending Story".

Donate Life Rose Float - First light

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Donate Life Float 'Never Ending Story" seeing for the first time sunlight after being rolled out of Phoenix Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena. Final touch-up and preparation on the way for float judging this afternoon.
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Donate Life Rose Float: Honoring Gary Foxen

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Rose Parade Float Judging is today!

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The scaffolding is coming down and the final touches are being made. Soon the Donate Life Float "Never Ending Story" will see the brilliant Pasadena sunlight in preparation for the float judging.

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Donate Life South Carolina at the Donate Life Rose Parade Gala

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The Donate Life Rose Float Gala took place last night where float riders and their families from across the country, floragraph honoree families, and Donate Life Ambassadors gathered to reflect and celebrate those who gave the gift of life and recipients whose lives are forever changed because of the the gift. Featured here are Donate Life South Carolina delegation, the Caroline Walters family (SC floragraph honoree) and Naomi Kurlowich and her parents David and Carol (Float Rider). Thanks to Bridge to Life Ltd.and Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation for helpint us honor these wonderful families.
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The Donate Life Rose Float is a memorial to organ, eye and tissue donation

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Each year the Donate Life Rose Parade Float serves as a memorial to organ, tissue and eye donors while raising awareness for the cause. Through its endless power to save, heal and transform lives donation is truly The Never-Ending Story.

Local organ donors to be honored in 2015 Rose Parade

10 News KGTV | Kantiss Crone

SAN DIEGO - The annual Rose Parade will feature a float honoring five San Diego County residents who either donated organs or received them.

At 10 years old, Xavier McLeod is already an award-winning young athlete.

"In track, I came in second place; I ran super fast," he said.

It's a far cry from when 10News first met him seven years ago. At just three years old, Xavier had to undergo kidney transplant surgery.

His donor, 17-year-old Sam McCrow, passed away from an aneurism but gave the gift of life to Xavier and three others through organ donation.

10News was there when the McCrow and McLeod families met for the first time -- a moment Xavier said he'll never forget.

"I'm glad that he saved my life. I really honor him every day. We have a picture in our house with him. I just really like that he saved my life and I'm really thankful for it," Xavier said. Continue reading
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There is still time to make your end-of-year gift to help Donate Life California

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With the new year almost here, there is still time to make your end-of-year gift to help Donate Life California inspire more people to save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation - lives like Lilian's. 

Thanks to a donor, she got a life-saving liver transplant and is now a normal, energetic little girl who loves school. 

Make your year-end contribution at http://bit.ly/1HfQ9Lb. 22,000 Californians are waiting for their second chance at life.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Donate Life volunteers visit patients at Sharp

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – With just two days left, volunteers are hustling to get a very special float ready for the Rose Parade.

Riding on the Donate Life float this year will be five San Diegans.

On Tuesday, volunteers took time from float decorating to deliver roses to pre-transplant patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Donate Life is a group dedicated to promoting organ donation.

"The roses that we give out offer encouragement and hope to them and let them know we've been through this and we know where you are today and that there is hope," volunteer Valerie James-McCleod said.

The theme of this year's float is "The Never-ending Story."

Three of the San Diegans riding on the float received transplants at Sharp Memorial. Story source
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Float celebrates those who gave their all

Orange County Register | Deepa Bharath


Lynn and Wayne Winkel become emotional after view the floragraph of their son, Christopher Alan Winkel, who died at age 26 and donated his organs. The Winkels participated in the decorating of the Donate Life Rose Parade float in Pasadena. Each floragraph is based on a photo of the deceased donors and will be placed on the float. LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

For the past 12 years, the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade has served as a reminder of the lives that can be saved by organ and tissue donations.

On Thursday, 30 people will ride the float, the theme of which is “The Never-Ending Story,” symbolizing the concept that a donor’s legacy continues long after he or she dies, as donated organs and tissues help restore the lives of those who receive them.

The majority of the riders in the 2015 parade in Pasadena are organ and tissue recipients. They will be joined by mothers of four donors.

The float will feature 60 butterflies emerging from an open book. The butterflies, representing the average number of people helped by the organ and tissue donations of a single person, will ascend above 72 books adorned with portraits of deceased donors. Walking alongside the float will be 12 organ donors, four of whom have ties with the float riders. Continue reading
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Sahuarita woman to ride float in Rose parade

Arizona Daily Star


Donor Network of Arizona. Jazmyn Creason, 21, is one of 30 organ, tissue or cornea recipients who will ride the Donate Life float Thursday in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

A 21-year-old Sahuarita resident will ride on the Donate Life float honoring organ donation during Thursday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena.

Jazmyn Creason, who had a successful liver transplant in 2011 at Stanford University Medical Center’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, will be part of a float that includes both organ donors and recipients.

Creason is one of 30 organ, tissue and cornea recipients from across the country who will ride on the Donate Life float, and the only recipient from Arizona, according to Jacqueline Keidel, a spokeswoman for the Donor Network of Arizona.

Keidel said Creason was selected to ride on the float for numerous reasons, Among other things, the Sahuarita High School graduate has been instrumental in raising awareness of the need for young organ donors. Continue reading
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Rose Parade float honors NW organ donors

KGW | Erica Heartquist, KGW


Rose Parade float honors NW organ donors
On New Year's Day during the Rose Parade, you'll want to keep an eye out for one very special float.

Several people with ties to the Northwest are being recognized for giving the gift of life through their organ donation.

Each year, Donate Life America creates 81 'flora graphs,' or pictures made of flowers, seeds and spices.

Each person in the picture left a positive impact on their family, communities, and those they helped by being organ, eye and tissue donors.

This year, three of them have strong ties to the Northwest.

Tyler Lewellen, 16

Lewellen died last year from a head injury while playing football.

"He had a bad head injury and walked off the field and never came to," said Lewellen's grandmother, Bev Hering. VIDEO, continue reading
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Teen's family, who gave life to others through organ donation, will participate in New Year's Day Rose Parade

Lexington Herald Leader | Mary Meehan


This is the floragraph of T'Neil Martin that will be featured on the Donate Life America float in the Rose Bowl Parade. Her mother, Denisha Henry, who made the decision to donate the 17-year-old's organs, painted coffee grounds on the portrait.

Denisha Henry carries a picture in her wallet of a photo of her 17-year-old daughter and the words of her last Facebook post taped onto the back.

"I might not have everything I want," T'Neil Martin wrote, "and everything may not go my way, but at least I'm happy and that's gotta count for something."

Within a week of that post, on July 20, 2010, the teen her mom calls "a rising star" had died.

What started as a complaint of a severe headache ended with the Bryan Station High School student dying of an undetected congenital defect which caused bleeding in her brain and irreparable brain damage.

The card that Henry carries with her everywhere will be with her on the plane ride to California where the family, who decided to donate T'Neil's organs and tissue, will be honored during the New Year's Day Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena. Continue reading
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County Family Contributes to Floral Fantasy Representing a Final Gift

San Diego County News
Amanda Patmon, second from right, and Theresa Liget, on the far right, work on cutting flowers for the float.

When you wake up to watch the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day, be on the lookout for a float with a special County touch.

Theresa Liget, who works in the Medical Examiner’s Office, and her daughter Amanda Patmon, who works at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Academy, were up bright and early Saturday, Dec. 6 to board a bus headed to the Rosemont Pavilion warehouse to work on Donate Life’s float in the parade. This will be the fifth float they have worked on together for Donate Life.

Donate Life is the parent company of Lifesharing, the region’s tissue and organ donation organization. The Medical Examiner’s Office works closely with Lifesharing, as well as the San Diego Eye Bank, to provide hundreds of tissue and organ donations per year.  Continue reading

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