Orange County Register | Theresa Walker
Tom Zech is all set for his next ride to raise awareness about organ donation.
An avid off-roader, Zech twice crossed the country on behalf of the group A Ride Across America, taking turns with a team of volunteers aboard all-terrain vehicles to draw attention to recipients on waiting lists and the need for donors.
The trip he’ll make New Year’s Day is much shorter but more high profile – down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena for the Rose Parade.
The Huntington Beach man will be honored on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses with his image on a floragraph, a portrait made from plant-based materials.
It will be a bittersweet moment for family and friends who plan to be in the stands.
Zech died unexpectedly at 54 from a severe asthma attack in September 2013. As he desired, his organs and tissues were harvested – to the benefit of dozens of people.
He became a dedicated supporter of organ donation in the late 1990s after a relative benefited from a kidney transplant. Continue reading