Fire Department Captain, Heart Transplant Recipient, to Ride in Rose Parade

Anthony Robinson

A 53-year-old heart transplant recipient – who grew up in San Francisco and is a captain in the city’s Fire Department – will ride on the Donate Life float in the Jan. 2 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Anthony Robinson was selected to be one of 28 people from across the country to be on the “Just Imagine…One More Day” float. The 55-foot float, with its theme of organ and tissue donation saving lives, will introduce parade watchers in person and on television to those with personal connections to organ and tissue donation.  Another 72 people – each of whom were organ or tissue donors– will have their portraits in floral materials as it glides down Colorado Boulevard in the internationally-known celebration of a new year.
About 112,000 people in the U.S. alone are waiting for organs including more than 800 people in San Francisco.
 Robinson, a 20-year department veteran, is sponsored by the California Transplant Donor Network, which links the organ and tissue donors with transplant centers as well as partners with 175 hospitals in northern California and northern Nevada.  He is a volunteer with the organization.
Robinson was confined to a hospital bed for months, his health in decline, until May 2010 when he received the heart of a 39-year-old man in an operation at Stanford University in Palo Alto.  Since then, Robinson has resumed an active life and has returned to work at the Fire Department.
 

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