H-SANTA MARIA

Dec 31, 2013 9:11 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Local kidney donor to appear in Rose Parade

A Santa Maria woman will be walking alongside Cedars-Sinai's "Donate Life" float at the Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1.

When Terie Cota's brother-in-law suffered kidney failure three years ago, she wanted to do anything she could to help.

"I was going to donate a kidney to him," she said. "Unfortunately, a year-and-a-half ago he passed away. "

That day, Terie made a choice to still be a live donor. Six months ago, she gave one of her healthy kidneys to a man named Mick. He's the Harbor Operations Manager for the City of Santa Barbara. Just days ago, the two met for the first time.

"We just looked at each other and said, here you are. And then we cried and hugged a lot," she said.

In the US, roughly 97,000 people are waiting for a new kidney and most donor organs come from someone who has died. Terie hopes to spread the message about becoming a live donor, so statistics change.

To see Terie and the "Donate Life" float, you can watch the Rose Parade on KSBY at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

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