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Ted’s Greatest Gift – Joe Barratt’s Heart

Ted Jung, a remarkable advocate for organ donation, will proudly represent Donor Network West and Donate Life California during the Annual Rose Parade on the Donate Life Float. Ted’s story is one of profound significance, embodying the essence of hope, generosity, and the life-changing impact of organ transplantation.

On February 14th, 2020, Ted experienced a momentous event that would forever shape his life. On Valentine’s Day, at the Sutter Health CPMC Van Ness Campus in San Francisco, he received a most precious gift—a heart. It was the heart of gold donated by Joe Barratt, a selfless individual whose legacy would continue through organ donation.

A group of former patients and surgeons gather together for a picture with roses.

Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Ranjan Ray, Leslie Barratt, Ted Jung, Nancy Jung & Dr. Brett Sheridan

Ted’s journey as a heart recipient led him to connect deeply with the mission of Donor Network West. He recognized the immense power of organ donation in transforming lives and ensuring that the legacy of donors lives on in those they save.

On November 29th, 2023, Donor Network West,  Sutter Health, and Join Muir Health had the honor and privilege of sending off Ted Jung alongside Joe and Leslie Barratt, Joe’s mother, to the Rose Parade. Ted and Leslie finished Joe’s Floragraph at the ceremony. Ted will be representing Joe alongside his mother, Leslie, on the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade on January 1st, 8:00 AM.

His close friendship with Joe Barratt’s mother, Leslie, and their family makes Ted’s representation even more special. Their bond transcends the realm of gratitude and extends to a shared commitment to spreading awareness about the importance of organ donation. Ted is profoundly honored to represent donors, donor recipients, Donor Network West, and Donate Life California and be a living testament to the enduring gift of life.

Ted also participated in Donor Network West’s Dia De Los Muertos event on November 1st, 2022, at the same CPMC Van Ness campus in San Francisco, in a poignant moment of connection and celebration. Alongside fellow donor recipients and Donor Network West staff, volunteers, and leadership, he paid tribute to Joe Barratt and other donors who had passed away. This event, rooted in the rich cultural traditions of remembrance, allowed Ted to express his gratitude and honor the life-giving act of donation.

Ted’s presence on the Donate Life Float at the Annual Rose Parade is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the immeasurable impact of organ donation. Through his story and advocacy, Ted inspires countless individuals to consider the remarkable gift of giving life.

His journey serves as a reminder that, through the profound act of organ donation, we can create a world where hope, healing, and the legacy of generosity thrive.

December 19, 2023