INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN | Imanti Tate
VERNE >> Ina Brown of Rancho Cucamonga volunteered to be the Donate Life California representative for La Verne as soon as she heard about the La Verne City Council’s support of the statewide campaign encouraging people to donate blood, organs, bone marrow and tissue.
Brown has firsthand knowledge of the life-saving miracles families experience when receiving such donations, tearfully telling about how her daughter Sarah was saved, three times, by a donated kidney.
Sarah, now 32, sat in the audience with her brother Ian, 34, and quietly wiped away tears while listening to her mother’s emotional testimony during the April 4 City Council meeting in which La Verne joined other California cities and counties in designating April as Donate Life California Month.
When Sarah was only 4, her mother donated her kidney to save her daughter. The life of a transplanted kidney is between seven to 12 years. Sarah’s second transplant at age 14 came from a donor family.
On New Year’s Day 2016, Brown was among 12 people walking 5.2 miles down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena and beside the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Everyone on the float was a recipient of a donor organ or the relative of a recipient. Continue reading
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