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Lifesharing to honor North County Hero Dad in Rose Parade

LifesharingNews Lifesharing to honor North County Hero Dad in Rose Parade

Lifesharing to honor North County Hero Dad in Rose Parade

Lifesharing, the federally designated organ donation group in San Diego, is proud to honor Everardo Martinez on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. The float features organ donors from all over the country – Martinez will represent the San Diego area on behalf of Lifesharing.

Born in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico, Everardo Martinez was a devoted husband and father. His smile lit up the room and his big heart showered the world with love. For 20 years, he put that love into every meal he cooked as head chef at Lourdes Mexican Food Restaurant in Escondido. (The restaurant is known for its chicken soup.)

In the spring of 2016, Martinez suffered a fatal aneurysm. As a registered organ donor, he saved the lives of 3 people when five of his organs were transplanted — including his loving heart. His wife Adriana says, “My husband was an amazing human being – loving, caring. He wanted to make a difference and he truly did. He impacted so many lives with his gift of life. And he leaves that legacy for us to continue.”

Everardo Martinez
Everardo Martinez
Family with Florograph
His wife and children just created his floral portrait which will be carried down Colorado Boulevard
Martinez Family
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