Tissue Donor and Tissue Recipient Selected for 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float

November 19, 2013

Edward Bonfiglio, Tissue Recipient
Runnemede, NJ
Float Rider

Navy Corpsman Ed Bonfiglio was on a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed. Bonfiglio was shot in his left leg, and due to injury to his sciatic nerve, he lost all function and feeling below his knee. He returned home and surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center presented Bonfiglio with two options: amputation of his left leg or, as he and his family elected, repair of the severed peripheral nerve with Avance® Nerve Graft, processed nerve allograft. Lt. Commander Patrick Basile, Director of Microsurgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, performed the surgery that saved his leg. Today, Bonfiglio can walk independently and jog.


Jorge Fernandez, Tissue Donor
San Antonio, TX
Floragraph Honoree

Jorge Fernandez dedicated his life to helping others through service. After serving two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, Fernandez returned home to be the first member of his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, Fernandez worked in a surgical intensive care unit in San Antonio, Texas. Fernandez was a strong advocate of exercise and enjoyed running in marathons. On November 13, 2011, Fernandez collapsed and died at the finish line of the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon. He was only 32 years old. Throughout his life, Jorge was dedicated to helping others. His family honored his legacy by donating his tissues to help the lives of others. The Jorge Fernandez Scholarship Fund has been dedicated to help local students who would like to pursue a degree in nursing.