Donate Life America’s 12th Rose Parade float will be one of the 41 floats at the Pasadena event on New Year’s Day. The float both promotes organ, eye and tissue donation awareness and honors the generosity of living and deceased donors. The 2015 float is coordinated by OneLegacy, the organ procurement organization that serves the Los Angeles metropolitan area. 12 living donors will be walking alongside the float and its 30 float riders, all of whom are transplant recipients.
According to Donate Life America:
Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ, eye, and tissue donors. The campaign began as an idea expressed in a letter by lung recipient Gary Foxen of Orange, Calif., who wanted to show gratitude to donors who make life-saving transplants possible. Now in its twelfth year, Donate Life’s Rose Parade float participation is celebrated at hundreds of events nationwide where families put the finishing touches on floragraph portraits and donation and transplant professionals present dedicated roses to donor families, living donors and community partners who play a role in making donation possible.