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Heart Recipient & Donate Life Float rider AJ Reyes Featured on Fil-Am TV in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 – Heart recipient and 2014 Donate Life Float rider Arthur Jovan “AJ” Reyes was featured on Kababayan Today, a Filipino-American television program on LA 18, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

AJ was in college when a rare viral infection attacked his heart. He was kept alive with a mechanical heart and placed on the organ transplant waiting list. He wasn’t sure he would live long enough to get that life-saving transplant. But at the age of 25, he got the call, a donor heart was available. Now, he runs half-marathons to honor his donor, Justin Olivera, a corrections officer who died from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash in November of 2010.

AJ also honored his donor when he was chosen to represent Donor Network West (formerly CTDN) as a rider on the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s Day. AJ talked about how grateful he is to Justin and his family in a two-part interview with Janelle So. The interview features video of the first time AJ met Justin’s parents.

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Read more about AJ on the Donate Life Float website.

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