2012 Rose Parade rider reflects on her experience aboard the Donate Life Float  |  January 17, 2012

“Participating in the Donate Life Rose Parade Float as a float rider was an amazing time. It was awesome decorating the float with all the other participants. After spending time with the donor families who participated, I decided to pen a thank-you letter to my own donor family. At first I was intimidated but they quickly made me feel comfortable. Hearing their stories convinced me that writing my letter was the right thing to do. All who had received letters from their recipients were happy to have them, and another woman told me that it had been many years since her deceased son had given the gifts of life, but she had never received a single letter and it made her very sad.

“This experience has overwhelmed me with emotion. I can’t wait to get more involved with the cause of organ and tissue donation, and look forward to potentially assisting with an awareness program for my community‚Äôs high schools. Maybe seeing a face with a story of recovery and hope will encourage kids to check that donor box when they get their licenses! Thank you to my sponsor AlloSource for all the magic you’ve exposed me to!”

– Susan Cossabone, cellular bone transplant recipient. Read Susan’s story here.

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