There are many creative ways in which organizations are spreading the word about organ, eye and tissue donation, but none more than the Donate Life Float, which will appear in the Rose Parade® on Janaury 1, 2014. This year, memorial “floragraph” portraits, made completely of flowers, will honor the living legacies of 81 organ, eye and tissue donors from 34 states, Korea and Taiwan. The floragraphs will grace the lanterns of light that illuminate the 30 float riders – all transplant recipients – and the 12 living donors who will accompany them on foot along the five-mile route seen by more than 40 million viewers nationwide.
The idea for the float began with one man’s gratitude for the live-saving transplant he received. After Gary Foxen received a lung transplant in 1999, he searched for a suitable way to show his appreciation. He contacted OneLegacy in 2001 and suggested the idea of a float in the Rose Parade. Despite initial challenges, the 2004 debut A Symphony of Life float was a success. What started as one man’s idea is now one of the most visible ways that Donate Life America inspires people to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.
The 2014 Donate Life Float, Light up the World, is built by Phoenix Decorating Company from a design by Dave Pittman and is coordinated by Los Angeles-based OneLegacy, the world’s largest organ, eye and tissue recovery organization.
Please click here to learn more about the about the float participants and floragraph honorees, find out how you can dedicate a rose, register to be a donor and get more information about the float.