Friday, July 24, 2015

EXCITING NEWS FROM TERRY & MARK MEADE!

Terry Meade, of Princeton Junction, participated in the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014.  Since then, she joined the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and performs regularly in their showcases.

Terry Meade and her husband Mark of 50 years, have been selected by the New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation, and will be their guests in Pasadena, California, as 2016 honorees on the DONATE LIFE Rose Parade float on New Year's Day! 

On June 4, 2008, then 64 years old, Mark received the "gift of life", a new heart.   Since 2005, Mark had suffered numerous heart attacks, and was in end-stage congestive heart failure, when he was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he waited 4 months for a heart. 

Since his transplant, they are committed to raising awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donations.   Mark and Terry honor their donor in everything they do ... every day!  They are passionate advocators, and trained and certified volunteers, for the NJ Sharing Network, Gift Of Life Donor Program, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and NY Donor Program.  Terry and Mark speak on behalf of these organizations about the transplant process from the perspective of the recipient and caregiver.
 
Mark will join 23 honored recipients, and will ride on the float in honor of the heart transplant he received.  Being selected as a recipeint float rider at this year's Rose Parade is the highest honor and another way to continue sharing their story and to raise awareness.

Terry and Mark know how lucky they are to have had this outcome ... many others are not as fortunate.  Please register to be an organ donor and encourage others to do the same.  Without receiving the "ultimate gift",  none of this would be possible for the Meade family. 

So, set your DVRs for January 1, 2016, and cheer them on!

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