Players help decorate Donate Life float
PASADENA, Calif. - Chivas USA players, staff and fans joined a group of inspirational families and donor recipients to decorate this year’s Donate Life Rose Parade float on Saturday in Pasadena. For the past three years, Chivas USA and Donate Life have joined forces to create awareness for organ and tissue donation and inspire Southern California families to consider how they can give the gift of life.
Donate Life is a non-profit alliance of local affiliates and national organizations dedicated to inspire all people to donate life through organ, eye and tissue donation. Watch the video here:
This year’s 2010Donate Life Rose Parade float features 14 float riders, each a transplant recipient, living donor, or family members of organ donors. In addition, there will be 54 memorial floragraphs portraits honoring past donors.
Chivas USA players Mariano Trujillo, Chukwudi Chijindu, Michael Lahoud, and Gerson Mayen helped hundreds of donor family members celebrating their loved ones, transplant recipients, and volunteers, such as the president of the California State Assembly, John A. Pérez, whose father, Felipe, was a donor after he passed away.
“I’m happy to help those who help other people,” said Trujillo, who assisted volunteers since very early in the morning on Saturday, along with many Chivas USA staff members.
“It’s a great honor to be here, it’s refreshing to see these kind of events...it’s great to see people giving their time for a noble cause,” said Lahoud.
Organ and tissue donations save and heal hundreds of thousands of people each year in the U.S. alone. Today, more than 109,000 candidates are on the national organ transplant waiting list.
The 122nd Rose Parade will take place Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 8 a.m. PT, featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.