Newark Man's Donation Inspires Rose Bowl Float

LOS ANGELES — Before the big game Friday, the 121st edition of the Tournament of Roses parade will step off and one Ohio family will be watching closely, 10TV's Jeff Hogan reported Thursday. Mike Vyrostek and Mike Craig, are forever connected, thanks to organ donation.

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Man's unexpected new heart leads him into new decade

Douglas Whaley has been ringing in 2010 with a heart full of gratitude. Whaley, 66, received a new heart as he underwent heart transplant surgery Nov. 23 at the Ross Heart Hospital at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

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Local couple donates baby's organs

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) - A local couple donates their baby's organs and gets national recognition. When little Isaiah Jones got sick in his crib, his parents could not imagine his eventual death would create so many benefits.

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Local parents honored at Rose Bowl parade

By the time Isaiah Jerome Jones was six months old, he had two teeth and was conquering milestones like rolling over, learning to crawl and standing with assistance. He was a good eater, weighing in at 23 pounds. He loved his cat, his dog and the music on his Baby Einstein tapes. “As long as he had a bottle and Baby Einstein, nothing could go wrong,” said his mother Leighann Jones, 22, of Centerville.

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Couple urges parents to think about organ donation now

CENTERVILLE — Isaiah Jerome Jones was supposed to have a long life, but instead he will have a legacy. After 7-month-old Isaiah died and his donated organs saved the lives of two other children, his aunt signed up to be a donor. So did a cousin who just earned her driver’s license. And there will be those touched by the image of the chubby-faced boy with the cowlick on the Donate Life Rose Bowl float. Tim and Leighann Jones hope others will be inspired to sign donor cards.

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