Organ and Tissue Donor Family Members, California DMV Employees and Asian Community Leaders to Initiate Donate Life Rose Parade Float Decorating on Sat., Dec. 5

Saturday, December 5, 2009 General News
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What: Donor family members from around the country, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employees and members of Southern California's Asian community will initiate decorating of the 2010 Donate Life Rose Parade float, New Life Rises. Family members representing 30 donors designated as floragraphs -- artistic portraits created with floral materials - are arriving from around the country for the opportunity to create loved ones' portraits that will grace the float.Who: Floragraph Decorators: 16 friends and family of Todd Sato of Los Angeles, who was both a heart recipient and an organ and tissue donor; friends and family of two Bakersfield-area donors: Jeffrey Johns (Bakersfield) and Jack Cardinal (Caliente). Other donor families will journey from Ohio, Idaho, Montana, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, Nebraska and Washington to decorate the beautiful images of their loved ones. California DMV: Two dozen employees have volunteered to come at their own expense from Bell Gardens, El Cajon, El Monte, Fresno, Pomona, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Teresa and Victorville, including Claire Sims of Sacramento, whose aunt donated a kidney to her husband, and Staycie Monsma of Riverside, a liver recipient. The California DMV Plays a vital role in the success of the state organ and tissue donor registry. Donate Life volunteers: Among those decorating the float will be Donate Life Ambassador Melissa Choi (Rowland Heights and family in memory of her father, organ donor David Choi; Caroline Hong (Shadow Hills), liver transplant coordinator at UCLA Medical Center; Dave Kim (La Canada), president of the Korean Organ Donor Program, Chung Suk Kim (Los Angeles), kidney recipient and Sun Chin (Fullerton),liver recipient who will be joined by Korean youth; members of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (Arcadia); and Bernice Goh (Claremont), wife of donor Ernest Goh, whose organs saved five lives.When: Saturday, Dec. 5 - 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.Where: Phoenix Decorating Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 Media vans should come to the entrance first. Additional parking is in Lot I west of the Pavilion.Contact: Rivian Bell or Lisa Bernfeld, (310) 556-3227, (888) 477-4919 (24/7), rlb@abmac.comDetails: Spearheaded by Donate Life America member OneLegacy, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float is supported by nearly 60 Official partners from across the nation, including organ and tissue recovery organizations, for-profit contributors, transplant centers, and transplant recipient organizations. Donate Life salutes the importance of the Hispanic community's contribution to organ, tissue and blood donation by also presenting the float's logo in Spanish, "Done Vida." The 121st Rose Parade, themed New Life Rises, will take place on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at 8:00 am PST, featuring majestic floral floats and spirited marching bands. For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit

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