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Donate Life California & Living Donation California Featured on Weekly Television Show – KUSI News – San Diego CA – News, Weather, PPR

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 10, 2013 – Donate Life California and Living Donation California were featured on San Diego People, a half-hour television show on KUSI 9/51 on Sunday, June 9. Heart transplant recipient Justin Feria and altruistic living kidney donor Lorena Rodriguez shared their stories to highlight the importance of organ donation.


Since his heart transplant, Justin Feria has completed the Triple Crown of Half Marathons in San Diego – the La Jolla Half, the Carlsbad Half and America’s Finest City Half. He’s also gone skydiving and is now training for an Iron Man triathlon coming up in the fall.

Since her surgery, altruistic living kidney donor Lorena Rodriguez of Chula Vista and her recipient Monique McCray of San Diego have become good friends and travel buddies. Lorena and Monique did not know each other before their surgeries. Lorena, who works as a medical assistant for kidney specialists, donated because she wanted to free someone from dialysis.

KUSI anchor Ross Becker also interviewed Donate Life California President Lisa Stocks and UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital transplant surgeon Dr. Kristin Mekeel to raise awareness for, and dispel the myths about, organ, eye and tissue donation and how to sign up on California’s donor registry by either checking “Yes” at the DMV or going to They also talked about Living Donation California, a new program to encourage more Californians to be living kidney donors. For more information go to

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