Navigation Links
Mrs. California Uses Her Title to Save Lives - She Now Heads to Mrs. America Competition

Tiffany Ellison Spreads Message of Donation - Her Son May Need a Liver


SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Mrs. California, Tiffany Ellison of Folsom, believes dreams do come true. As she heads to the Mrs. America* competition in Tucson, Arizona on September 2, she holds fast to her belief that she will be crowned and her 10-year-old son, Connor will be healthy again. Connor was born with a deadly liver disease -- congenital hepatic fibrosis -- and may need a liver transplant.

Tiffany is doing all in her power to make one dream fuel the other.

Her motivation for winning Mrs. America is to use the national stage, much the same as she has her state platform, to encourage all Americans to sign up to give life to the nearly 100,000 people -- like her son, waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

"If Connor someday needs an organ donation, I'm not just going to sit back feeling sorry, I'm doing something," says Tiffany. "I will do everything I can to bring the topic up as much as possible, to encourage everyone to take just one minute -- one minute, that could mean years of life for others -- and sign up on their state's registry. In our state, it's the Donate Life California** registry, and people can sign up either through the DMV when they get their driver's license or online at:"

Both Connor and Tiffany know the power of believing you can bring about positive change, simply by envisioning your goals.

For Connor, that goal has always been to play football.

"His whole life he's dreamed of playing football," says Tiffany. "We live in a big football town, everywhere you turn, there's football. Every Halloween Connor is the same thing -- a football player."

Tiffany feared Connor would never be able to be able to play. But, Connor, trained by his mother, believed otherwise.

Connor and his three siblings (aged 4, 12 and 16) all have a "vision" board in their respective rooms -- a cork board where they put up pictures representing the hopes and aspirations they focus on for the future. Connor filled his board with football images -- he even glued his face onto a player.

His mother couldn't bear to tell him that the dream could never come true. Now, she's glad she didn't.

That's because when the local newspaper picked up the story of Connor's possible need for a liver transplant and his dashed dream of ever playing football -- the folks on Folsom's Youth Football League took notice.

"Someone from the football league called and said 'Connor is what a Bulldog is -- someone who has team spirit and heart. We want him to be an honorary team member -- where he will practice, be in the team picture, have a jersey with his name on the back. And while he can't play in the games, he'll be there, in uniform -- a Bulldog.' I'm so glad I didn't stop him from putting his dream on his board and believing in it."

And now Tiffany has on her vision board -- a picture of her with a "Mrs. America" sash glued on it -- and right above that, a Donate Life logo.

She hopes her vision of a healthy son will become America's vision when she competes for Mrs. America.

"I can't imagine if you put a face to the cause, how you could not want to help. It's the right thing to do, it's so easy, it's so simple. It's about giving life -- to dreams."

* The person who wins Mrs. America will spend a year traveling across the US and abroad -- including a trip to the Mrs. World competition. She will also promote sponsors and participate in a variety of service projects.

** Donate Life California is a nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry, administered by California's four nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organizations, each responsible for facilitating the donation process in the state: California Transplant Donor Network, Golden State Donor Services, Lifesharing and OneLegacy. As a state-authorized public service, the registry assures that all personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel. For more information about the Donate Life California Registry, the process, and how donation saves and improves lives, visit: or in Spanish at

SOURCE Donate Life California
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Wildlife Sightings on the Rise in California
2. AARP Poll: California Members Want Health Care Reform THIS YEAR
3. Author Kris Carr to Sign Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips at Two Borders(R) Stores in California
4. Hundreds of RNs from Across U.S. and World to Join California Nurses Association/NNOC National Convention
5. Karen Vigil Named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Shield of Californias Individual, Small Group, and Government Business Unit
6. NNN Healthcare/Office REIT Acquires St. Mary Physicians Center in Long Beach, California
7. Eight Graduate Nursing Students Selected to Receive The California Endowment-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
8. Blue Shield of California Names Vincent Coppola Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
9. Race Against Pain Coming to California
10. Blue Cross of California and the California Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Launch Live Like a Champion Tour
11. Unions File Charges Against Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Three Northern California Hospitals
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... Middletown, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 ... ... separate environments; however, there are professionals who believe that with innovative technologies and ... services allows the patient to get the benefit of a dual-approach to his ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... CloudLIMS today announced that it is ... under the New Products and Services category for its innovative product offering, BioTracer. ... that helps labs organize data and track samples with storage inventories. BioTracer's ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The importance of volumetric ... the focus of numerous abstracts accepted for presentation here, at the 101st Annual ... abstracts highlight the use of Volpara Solutions’ quantitative breast imaging software tools for ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... SAN ... today announced that the organization has awarded Education and Developmental Therapies (EDT), an ... Award. The award celebrates exceptional special needs providers that excel in synthesizing the ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... the care management and population health arenas, is pleased to announce that VIP ... containment services, has successfully implemented the ACUITY Complete Care™ Management to back their ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)...  The migration to value-based care will require ... that help patients stay healthy and reduce healthcare ... enabled, incorporate care guidelines and be reflective of ... also allow all stakeholders to collaborate across care ... That is the vision, however, research by Chilmark ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... -- --> --> ... (NKI-AVL), among the world,s largest and most prestigious ... Icon™, the company,s latest generation stereotactic radiosurgery system ... --> With the option to use ... Knife Icon offers greatly enhanced flexibility in how ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , December 1, 2015 ... segments the concerned market with analysis and forecast of ... orthobiologics report defines and segments the concerned market with ... to the Market Research Report "North American Orthobiologics Market ... Factors & Spinal Stimulation, Stem Cell Therapy, Viscosupplementation), by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: