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The 5th Quarter's RYAN MERRIMAN Nominated-Donate Life Hollywood's 2011 Person of the Year #news

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Donate Life Hollywood  recently announced the nominees for their annual Inspire Awards, with Ryan  Merriman from the film The 5th Quarter being among the  nominees.  The Donate Life Hollywood Inspire Awards will be held June 22  at Hollywood’s historic Avalon Theater.

The Donate Life  Hollywood Person of the Year Award is given annually by the organ and tissue  donation community to honor individuals in the entertainment industry who have  given their time and talent to raise awareness about the need for organ  donation, who have given hope to those on the waiting list and to those who  have inspired Americans to Donate Life.

This year, winners  will be chosen by fan voting, which will begin mid-May.  Fans of Donate  Life Hollywood on Facebook are eligible to vote. http://on.fb.me/jSEnz5 <http://t.ymlp63.net/wubaoahwwaxaumsazabyjm/click.php>

Ryan is joined by  fellow nominees Ann Lopez, Jack Black, Brad Ellis and Grizz  Chapman.

At 28 years old, Ryan  Merriman is truly a veteran actor, with 25 films, four television series and  several guest appearances to his credit.   This spring, his film  The 5th Quarter was released, telling the true story of how  Luke Abbate, a 15 year old, was able to give the gift of life as an organ  donor after his untimely senseless death in a car accident.  Ryan played  Jon, Luke’s older brother, who was inspired by his younger brother’s life to  lead Wake Forest University to an unprecedented championship football  season.

Ryan has been  dedicated in promoting the cause of organ donation in his media interviews,  and has used his official fan site to engage his fans and encourage them to  sign up as organ donors.  Ryan has also been a long supporter of the  James Redford Institute for transplant awareness as well as Share the  Beat.

The 5th  Quarter is currently in theaters in select markets across the country, and  will be released on DVD and BluRay August 30, 2011 through 20th Century Fox  Home Entertainment.

About Donate Life  Hollywood:
Donate Life Hollywood is a project of Donate Life America  and OneLegacy,  the federally-designated organ and tissue recovery agency  in most of southern california, designed to engage the entertainment community  to inspire their fans and viewers to donate life.

The 5th Quarter Synopsis:

The death of a promising young athlete just  days before his 16th birthday inspires his older brother to lead  his college football team to new heights in The 5th Quarter, the  moving saga of the Abbate family of Marietta, Georgia. Aidan Quinn (Legends  of the Fall, Benny and Joon), Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and  a Funeral, Groundhog Day) and Ryan Merriman (Home of the  Giants, Final Destination 3) star in this touching true story from  writer and director Rick Bieber (Crazy, Radio  Flyer).

When 15-year-old Luke Abbate (Stefan Guy)  is killed in a tragic car accident, the loss leaves his close-knit family  reeling with grief. Fueled by faith and their deep familial bond, the Abbates  try to rebuild their lives without Luke, fulfilling his wish to help others by  donating his organs to save the lives of five other people. But despite the  support of loving friends and family, his death leaves a void in their lives  that threatens to tear the family apart.

Struggling with the devastating loss,  Luke’s older brother Jon (Ryan Merriman), a gifted football player at Wake  Forest University, decides to honor his brother’s memory and love for the game  by dedicating the 2006 season to him. With the added motivation of “playing  for two,” he dons Luke’s beloved No. 5 jersey and inspires his teammates  to play the best football of their lives—and become the most improved team in  America. Predicted to finish last in their division, the Wake Forest football  team surpassed all expectations by winning an unforgettable championship  season.

A tribute to the power of hope and love,  The 5th Quarter is an inspiring true story about a family  coming together to rally a team, a school and a community to achieve more than  they could ever have imagined.