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Largest Organ and Tissue Donation Event in U.S.: Seventh Annual Donate Life Run/Walk & Family Festival, Sat., April 25 at Cal State Fullerton

More than 7,000 Southlanders to Walk with Chikezie, Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian

LOS ANGELES, April 24 /PRNewswire/ --

    What:     More than 7,000 Southlanders, supported by area businesses and
              transplant centers, join together at the Donate Life Run/Walk &
              Family Festival, the largest Donate Life-themed community event
              in the nation, to inspire Californians to be organ and tissue
              donors. The event caps off National Donate Life Month with a
              morning program featuring 18 Orange County mayors and city
              council members walking with constituent families, a 65-vendor
              family festival, and health screenings. The opening ceremony
              includes emotional tributes and a dramatic release of doves by
              donor family members and transplant recipients. Also onstage
              giving their support will be Clear Channel Los Angeles radio
              personalities Valentine & Irma, Manny On The Streets, and Al B.
              Sure joined by "American Idol" favorite Chikezie, country singer
              Hunter Brucks, and reality TV stars Kris Jenner and Khloe
              Kardashian. Proceeds from the event will support Donate Life
              California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry enrollment campaigns.

    When:     Saturday, April 25, 2008
              7:00 a.m. - Registration begins
              8:15 a.m. -  9:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony with Keynote Speakers
              9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Run/Walk
              10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Family Festival

    Who:      Keynote speakers include Newport Beach Fire Dept. Capt. Chad
              Ponegalek honoring firefighter Kevin Pryor, who became a
              seven-organ donor in June 2008 after fighting wildfires in
              northern California; Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF) Prof.
              Mike McGee and his living kidney donor, CSUF alumnus Amy
              Caterina, both of Santa Ana; KIIS-FM's Manny On The Streets,
              tissue recipient; Greg Ashlock, president, Clear Channel Los
              Angeles; and event founder Kathleen Hostert, who donated a
              kidney to her husband, Craig Hostert.

              148 teams with nearly 3,000 participants - each wearing a
              t-shirt and button featuring a photo of a loved one who gave
              life in their passing - organized by family members of organ and
              tissue donors, as well as teams celebrating transplant
              recipients, transplant candidates and supporting business
              entities, including:

              -- "Celebrating Scott Davis" - 235 friends and family of Mindy
                 and Bill Davis, Huntington Beach, who will be walking with
                 their son Scott's liver recipient Lino Angel and his family
                 from Downey;
              -- "Team Christine" - employees of Kaiser-Permanente Anaheim in
                 honor of Christine Cote, a 27-year old patient currently
                 waiting for a liver transplant;
              -- "Team Mike McKay" - over 100 friends and family of 23-year
                 old Mike McKay of Wrightwood, a tissue donor who was a victim
                 of an avalanche near Mountain High Ski Resort in January
              -- "Charlie's Angels" - friends and family of former Rams
                 offensive lineman Charlie Cowan, Fullerton, who passed away
                 April 29, 1998, while awaiting a kidney transplant;
              -- "Andrew Ennabe Foundation" - family and friends of 19-year
                 old Andrew Ennabe, Rowland Heights, who was fatally struck by
                 a drunk driver;
              -- "Team Ortega" - in support of Ed Ortega, La Habra, who has
                 participated in every Run/Walk despite being on dialysis.
                 Ortega has been waiting seven years for a kidney transplant;
              -- Transplant surgeons and employees from event sponsors
                 Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center, UCI Medical
                 Center and St. Joseph Hospital Kidney Transplant Program
                 walking with patients;
              -- Sixteen mayors and city council members from Orange County
                 cities including Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton,
                 Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Paramount,
                 Placentia, Westminister and Yorba Linda walking with
                 constituent donor family members and transplant recipients;
              -- Moss Adams LLP, presenting sponsor of the Run/Walk; Aetna
                 Foundation; and Donate Life media partner Clear Channel.

    Where:    Memorial Grove at Cal State University Fullerton campus
              800 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831

    Photo Opportunities:
              -- Circle of Life Garden with more than 110 photo-bearing signs
                 honoring donors and recipients;
              -- Opening of eight baskets of doves in memory of loved ones;
              -- Return of six floragraphs to families of donors who were
                 featured on the 2009 Donate Life Rose Parade float

    Contact:  Elena de la Cruz, (213) 479-4704,
              Rivian Bell or Lisa Bernfeld, JDI Communications, (310) 592-8423
              or (888) 477-4329 (24/7), or

For more event information, visit

For information about the Donate Life California Registry, visit or, in Spanish,

SOURCE Donate Life
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