is the Founder, President and CEO, of the One Miracle
Celebration of Life Foundation, a non-profit organization
dedicated to assisting living organ donors and recipients. His
mission is to help bring awareness and educate the public on how
to give the “gift of life” (i.e. kidney, liver, bone marrow or
blood transfusion) and remain healthy in the process.
Jones, a kidney recipient and Organ Donor Educator, was blessed
to receive a kidney after waiting five long years. He refused
to let dialysis stop him from leading a normal productive life.
On September 25, 2001, Jones, a young African-American Christian
man, received the “gift of life” from his donor, Patricia
Abdullah, a White Muslim woman whom he met while enrolled in a
four-day Personal Self-Development seminar earlier that year.
After the surgery, Jones was told that it would take him in
excess of a year to get back to his normal course of activities.
He was able to participate with his normal activities within 6
months of his transplant.
In July 2002,
Jones participated in the Dina LaVigna Breath of Life Triathlon
Relay where he rode 24.8 miles on his bicycle. September 25,
2002, he celebrated his One Year Anniversary as a “Gift of Life”
recipient and helped raise money for the SALUD Foundation to
open the first dialysis center in South Africa. In March 2003,
Jones celebrated the launch of his dream – the One Miracle
Celebration of Life Foundation. On January 1, 2004, Jones and
his donor Patricia Abdullah were featured riders on the
inaugural “Coalition on Donation” float in the 115th
Tournament of Roses Parade® along with 20 other
transplant recipients, organ donors and donor family members.
love of jazz with his miraculous “gift of life,” The One Miracle
Celebration of Life Foundation created an annual “Evening of
Jazz” event gathering some of today’s top smooth jazz artists.
This year, on April 1, 2007 at the Nate Holden Performance Arts
Center in Los Angeles, CA, Jones’ One Miracle Celebration of
Life Foundation hosted its 5th Annual “Evening of Jazz”
fundraising event featuring Paul Jackson, Jr. and Friends with
special guests Greg Adams, Jeff Lorber and Howard Hewitt which
was a major success and completely sold out. In addition to this
event and a host of upcoming speaking engagements, Jones is also
a contributing author to the newly released Chicken Soup for
the African-American Soul book. Since then, Mike has
been involved in speaking to kidney patients all over on how
they can be diagnosed with kidney disease and live a normal
healthy lifestyle. The reason for that is a person that has been
through the trials and tribulations of kidney disease can relate
to others. If you have never had the disease before, it is
difficult to understand what that patient is going through.
There are over 60,000 patients on dialysis and only a small
percentage of those are waiting for a transplant. And on a
yearly basis over 6,000 Americans lose their battle with kidney
disease whether they are on dialysis or not. That is amazing.
For more info on Mike Jones’ miraculous story, visit the
The original article that broke the news
- Mike’s Story from a religious perspective as interviewed by
his place of worship.
Participation and featured rider on the 2004 “Coalition on
Donation” Tournament of Roses Parade float:
Participation and featured rider on the 2008 “Donate Life Around
the World” Float for the 23rd Annual Los Angeles
“Kingdom Day Parade “
For more information on the One Miracle Celebration of Life
or call (888) 309-2107.