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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to Be Honored on 2009 Rose Parade Organ Donation Float

Posted Dec 01 2008 10:14am

rose-parade-logo-06 Last week, Merv Sheppard did an excellent post about 14 different men and women who will be honored with Walk of Fame stars on the 2009 Donate Life Rose Parade float. Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this cluster of 14 stars honors luminaries in the field of donation and transplantation who have made a positive, lasting impact on organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through their contributions to medicine, the community, and public policy.

60 nominations were received from the national call for submissions and honorees were selected by the Float’s organizing committee, comprised of professionals from the donation and transplantation community as well as related healthcare organizations. Illinois is honored to have Secretary of State Jesse White included amongst the honorees.

Secretary White initiated Illinois’ first-person consent registry and works closely with state drivers facilities to add over 100,000 residents to the registry each month. In addition, Secretary White heads up his Life Goes On community action committee (also a Donate Life Illinois coalition partner), conducting public education outreach around organ/tissue donation throughout the year.

Below is a list of all 14 “Stars of Life” Walk of Fame honorees:

Clive O. Callender, MD, FACS (Silver Spring, Md.), the senior African American transplant surgeon, founder of the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP®), and expert on the relationship between minorities and organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Gary Foxen (Orange, Calif.), lung recipient and visionary whose idea for a Rose Parade float to reach a mass audience about donation resulted in the largest public relations campaign in the nation for organ, eye and tissue donation.

Reg Green (La Canada, Calif.), founder of The Nicholas Green Foundation, author and global ambassador for donation who, with his wife, Maggie, is internationally recognized as the “first family of donation” after the death of their young son, Nicholas, in Italy in 1994.

Richard J. Kagan, MD, FACS (Cincinnati, Ohio), world-renowned burn care surgeon and prominent proponent of using human allogeneic skin grafts as the gold standard for burn care.

Bill Lofthouse (1939-2008), donor husband and founder of Phoenix Decorating Co., one of the top producers of Rose Parade floats, whose generous support helped the Donate Life float evolve into a national tradition.

Robert and Rafael Mendez, MD, FACS (Los Angeles, Calif.)
, kidney transplant surgeons and founders of OneLegacy, the nation’s largest organ and tissue recovery agency, and the National Institute of Transplantation.

Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, PhD (Washington, D.C.)
, donor father and husband, former Acting Surgeon General of the U.S., and one of the nation’s most respected ambassadors of donation and transplantation.

Joseph E. Murray, MD (Wellesley Hills, Mass.), recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine who conducted the world’s first kidney transplant, allograft transplant, and transplant of a kidney from a deceased donor.

Barbara Schulman, RN, CPTC (Los Angeles, Calif.), co-founder and first president of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO).

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD (Le Mars, Iowa), groundbreaking surgeon who performed the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967 and won the 2004 National Medal of Science for his innovation in transplantation medicine.

Bryan Stewart (Northridge, Calif.), vice president of communications at OneLegacy, and chairman of the organizing committee for the Donate Life Rose Parade float, centerpiece of the nation’s largest public relations campaign to inspire people to donate life.

Tommy G. Thompson (Madison, Wis.), former Governor of Wisconsin and former Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services whose initiatives include the first-ever state law mandating organ donation education in the classroom, and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Breakthrough Collaborative, a drive to increase organ donation rates nationwide through the sharing of best practices among hospitals.

Jesse White (Chicago, Ill.)
, Illinois Secretary of State whose advocacy of donation and the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, the nation’s first confidential computerized database allowing individuals to document their donor designations, is a model for the nation.

James S. Wolf, MD (1935-2007), pioneer transplant surgeon whose vision of the value and need for public education and collaboration among organ, eye and tissue recovery organizations led to the founding of the Coalition on Donation (now Donate Life America).

*Be sure to mark your calendar to view the 120th Rose Parade Thurs., Jan 1, 2009, at 8 a.m. PST and watch for the Donate Life float.

Thanks for the great info Merv!

-Scott

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