AATB to Honor Jorge Fernandez in Rose Parade Float  |  August 12, 2013

jorgeThe American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) announced it will honor tissue donor Jorge Fernandez in the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade® Float with a floragraph.

Jorge was a living example of the 2013 float theme “Light Up the World”.

Throughout his life, Jorge was dedicated to helping others. After serving two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, Fernandez returned home to be the first member of his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, Fernandez worked in a surgical intensive care unit in San Antonio, Texas.

Jorge had a passion for marathon running and on November 3, 2011 he unexpectedly collapsed and died at the finish line of the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon. He was only 32 years old. His family honored his legacy by donating his tissues to help save and enhance the lives of others.

To date, people who have benefitted from his gifts of life include a 33-year-old male from Spokane, Wash. who received part of his femur; a 30-year-old male from Chesterfield, Mo. who received his right ankle bone, a 19-year-old male from Chicago, Ill. who received his right shin bone and a 92-year-old male and a 61-year-old male who received veins.

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    posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:27 am by Raul Ramirez

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