Liver recipients spread donation awareness along with Christmas cheer!

On Friday, December 4th, Centreville, MD held their annual Christmas parade. The Melvin family, a family who has been particularly touched by donation, decided to help spread awareness along with Christmas cheer by entering a Donate Life float into the parade!

This is the second year in a row the Melvins, along with family and friends, rode in the Donate Life float in the Centreville Christmas Parade. Last year, Jimmy Melvin was the only recipient riding on the float. Jimmy received a liver transplant in November 2007. However this year, Jimmy was joined by his brother, Wayne Melvin, who received his liver transplant in June 2010.

Jimmy and Wayne were joined by their wives, Ilene and Linda, respectively, as well as their children, in-laws, friends, and neighbors. Float riders/contributers included Jordan Melvin, Melody Melvin, Jonias Melvin, Sarah Ross, Janet Akers, Candy Hunter, Jessica Akers, Jennifer Dudley, Patti Cipriano, Crystal Cook and Aubrey Henning.

We were able to snap some photos of their awesome float and thought our blog readers would like to see them! Enjoy!


About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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