January 14, 2015  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

Actress Patricia Heaton joins roster of national speakers and presenters;

Family who chose life over abortion, victim of human trafficking, former foster child among speakers


A strong roster of speakers, presenters and talent will join Archbishop José H. Gomez at OneLife LA, on January 17, the first large-scale event uniting people of all backgrounds throughout Southern California to celebrate the beauty of every human life from conception to natural death.

“In the Christian vision, every human life is precious — created by God with transcendent dignity and endowed with rights that no one can deny or take away. OneLife LA will celebrate this vision and call us to action — to love life, to care for life and to protect life at every stage and every condition, beginning with the most vulnerable in the womb,” said Archbishop Gomez.

Inspired by the example of Pope Francis, OneLife LA seeks to promote a culture of life, where every human life is valued, especially the marginalized. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and walk at 10 a.m. from La Placita Olvera (845 N. Alameda, Los Angeles) to Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles) for a celebration featuring speakers, testimonials, music, exhibits and food.

Keynote speaker Ryan Bomberger will share his personal story of adoption into a home with13 children, his driving inspiration for the work he does as the Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation, an organization he co-founded with his wife Bethany. Speaker Angela Guandon will offer her testimony as a survivor of human trafficking, and Brandi Moore will share how, through the support of mentors, she survived an attempted suicide after living in 25 foster homes, where she was placed following a broken relationship with an abusive mother.

Other speakers include Rick Smith, better known as Noah’s Dad, who began a blog to do “something really unique by telling the story of our son’s life. We believe that he has a story worth sharing; the story that all children (regardless of disability) are so worth loving. The story that Down Syndrome is ok.”

Actors Patricia Heaton, Karyme Lozano and Eduardo Verastegui, along with retired professional baseball pitcher Jeff Suppan will present at OneLife LA. Mexican singer Miriam Solis and The Voice finalist Paulina Cerrilla will perform during the event, which will also feature a free, one-hour concert featuring Josh Garrels.

Participants will be inspired to “Be Somebody to Somebody” in their own community championing life beginning at conception and getting involved with good works through organizations that feed the homeless, find families for foster kids, support pregnant women to choose life, free victims of human trafficking, and walk with those facing the end of life. Together these works help build a culture of life in LA.

OneLife LA is hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Fresno. The event is made possible by the generous contributions of the Knights of Columbus, Right to Life League of Southern California, Dan Murphy Foundation and Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation. For more information, visit

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