Mike Jones




Mike Jones 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.


Combining his 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 following links: - 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 Foundation,

visit or call (888) 309-2107.


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