Rose garden re-dedicated to LI organ donors and their families

By News 12
Published on September 23, 2017

Our “LI TRIO Donor Rose Garden” honoring donors and donor families was built with love and dedication by Long Island TRIO volunteers. At our annual event, donors and donor families are honored and an individual rose is presented to our honorees. Donor families speak and share their stories. Some of our younger transplant recipients not only speak eloquently at the event but also help distribute the roses to each donor family as the name of their loved one is called. Living donors are also called up to receive a rose as living donors are honored and personally thanked at the event.
The 2017 re-dedication of our 
“Donor Rose Garden” in Eisenhower Park was indeed a special event as News 12 reports:

The rose garden at Eisenhower Park was re-dedicated Saturday to Long Island organ donors and their families during a special celebration.

More than 100 people gathered in the East Meadow park to thank people who donated organs so that their loved ones could live on.

Watch the video here.



Jennifer Zuccato, of Mineola, donated a portion of her liver to her daughter Bella when she was just 8 months old.

“My will to live will forever be strong,” said Bella. “I can’t wait for what the future brings.”

Susan Pellegrito’s 29-year-old son Peter died of an aneurysm, and his organ donation saved the lives of several people – including Sarina Williams, a mother of four, who received his kidney.

“You are my hero,” she said during the ceremony. “I think about you every day. Without you, I wouldn’t have a future to look forward to.”

The ceremony was dedicated to the more than 150 people who donated organs. Each of their names were called out loud and given a single rose.

The Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization or LI-TRIO, says the rose garden itself symbolizes those who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

“We honor each and every donor their families…they’ve really saved lives and made a difference,” said LI-TRIO President Joy Oppedisano.

Organizers say one donor can save eight lives.

Watch the video here.

Flashback to the first Ceremony:

Anne Trefeissen introduces LI TRIO members and guests to the LI TRIO Donor Rose Garden honoring donors and donor families in 1993. (video-News 12 -contributed by Walter Ruzek)

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