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January 19th, 2015 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
New York State adults are not as likely to register themselves as organ and tissue donors compared with other adults nationwide. But the need for life-saving organs in New York State is among the highest in the country.
This data, revealed in a report released by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, is dramatically summarized in an infographic.
January 2nd, 2015 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
In its coverage of the 2015 Rose Parade, which took place in Pasadena on a surprisingly cold New Year’s Day, Time Warner Cable News focused on the Donate Life Float, and highlighted the incredible story that brought three individuals and their families together through organ donation.
“I had no idea any of this would happen. I had no idea of the impact and the number of lives touched,” said Laurie LoMonaco.
She donated her kidney to a stranger. Ten days later, Laurie’s friend Paul Guyette suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage. Guyette’s family says it was LoMonaco’s selfless act that helped them make the decision to donate his organs.
Paul Guyette’s heart now beats inside of Gates Orlando.
Orlando, former Buffalo Sables player, rode on the Donate Life Float whose theme was “The Never-Ending Story,” tying in with the Rose Parade theme, “Inspiring Stories.”
“We saw a lot of emotions, a lot of cheering, a lot of clapping and tears. It was a float I think a lot of people were waiting to see,” said Orlando.
VIDEO AND AUDIO: READ THE FULL TIME WARNER CABLE NEW STORY
The parade was televised on multiple channels in the United States and worldwide. This TWC report includes video footage from NBC.
December 30th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
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:
- Laurie LoMonaco: Living kidney donor to a stranger. Laurie will walk alongside the Donate Life Float.
- Paul Guyette: Deceased organ donor, represented by his loving wife, Mary, and daughters. Be sure to look for a floragraph in Paul’s likeness that memorializes him, and will adorn the float.
- Gaetano “Gates” Orlando: Heart transplant recipient and Rochester Americans Hall of Famer. Paul Guyette was his donor. Gates will be riding on the Donate Life Float.