Nov 18, 2016


Pasadena, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2016) After living with disfiguring burns since he was 10 months of age, Jespa Awomah has experienced many firsts in the last year: the first time bending his right arm, the first time wiggling his right fingers and the first time closing his left eye. Awomah arrived in the United States, making the 19-hour journey in early October from a small rural village in Cameroon, located in Central Africa. Over the past year, Jespa has undergone an aggressive schedule of reconstructive surgical treatments courtesy of the Burn and Reconstruction team at Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Burn Center.  The Children's Burn Foundation stepped in to help sponsor his surgeries, accommodations and recovery. Showing tremendous strides, treatments will continue in the coming months to positively change Jespa's quality of life.

When the initial injury occurred, Jespa was treated by receiving a few bandages at a local clinic. Awomah, one of 13 children has never allowed his injury to affect his daily life. He loves to read, enjoys school and keeps busy by actively helping his host family harvest vegetables and care for cattle. This journey all began from a video that was shared through Facebook, with a plea to find Jespa help.

The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and America's Stadium, in conjunction with Dr. Murthy at Torrance Memorial, hosted Jespa and his family for a premier game day experience complete with tailgating, a stadium tour, field experiences and premium seating within the Terry Donahue Pavilion.  The group enjoyed UCLA's win over Oregon State.  

The entire team at the Legacy Foundation and America's Stadium would like to thank Dr. Murthy, a UCLA graduate, and the team of doctors at Torrance Memorial who have graciously dedicated their time to improving Jespa's future and providing a lifetime of memories of goodwill through medicine.

About Torrance Memorial Burn Center
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 446-bed, nonprofit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. In 2012, it joined the ranks of the top hospitals in the nation by earning coveted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes nursing excellence. Torrance Memorial has also been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2016-17 in California and the Los Angeles metro area for the fifth year straight by U.S. News & World Report, placing the hospital 21st in the state and 11th in the region. The report recognized Torrance Memorial for providing high performing and quality care in the following areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, congestive heart failure, colon, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung. For more information please visit:

About Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation
The Rose Bowl Legacy Connections is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary purpose is to financially ensure the appropriate honoring of a historic past, while building a premier future through making the venue and surrounding areas even more distinguished and iconic as America’s Stadium and a National Historic Landmark. Any gift to the Legacy Connections is tax-deductible minus any benefits actually received.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium was built in 1922 to host the increasingly popular East-West college bowl game that followed the annual Rose Parade. It was to be a grand venue that would showcase beautiful Pasadena to the entire country, and ultimately, the whole world.  It has succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

The Rose Bowl Stadium is in the midst of the largest, most comprehensive improvement project in its 90+ year history. This renovation will provide new revenue sources to fund long-term improvements, improve public safety, and modernize facility operations while maintaining the stadium’s National Historic Landmark status. The goal of the enhancements is to retain the stadium’s storied history while becoming current and improving the stadium and the Arroyo Seco for future generations of athletes, fans and television viewers.

There are many historic places across the nation, but only a small number have meaning to all Americans, denoted as our National Historic Landmarks.  The Rose Bowl Stadium represents great American ideas and ideals –that with the vision of the City’s fathers, intent and hard work, and greatness can be achieved. These ideas and ideals are embodied in the structure, the residents, the people and the events that are a part of the Rose Bowl Stadium throughout the last century.  It is the duty of all of us, to preserve this icon for future generations of Americans.

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