One of the most emotional experiences in any Rose Parade is watching the Donate Life float glide by. Dozens of memorial floragraphs depicting organ donors who lost their lives are embedded on the float.
The 2014 Donate Life float, “Light Up the World,” won the Theme Trophy for Excellence In Presenting the Parade Theme, which was “Dreams Come True.” Five brilliantly colored lanterns were chosen by designer Dave Pittman of Phoenix Decorating Company to illumine the 30 riders, who are organ or tissue recipients, and the 12 walkers who are living kidney donors.
“Individuals and families touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation shine a light on us all,” the company states. “Transplant recipients radiate with gratitude and renewed life thanks to the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donors; families of deceased donors rekindle their spirits by carrying on their loved ones’ dreams; and registered donors are beacons of hope to patients who aspire to live longer, fuller lives.”
Donate Life float sponsors and participants encourage parade viewers to save lives by registering in their states to be organ, eye and tissue donors and donating blood in their communities.
Details on the float’s flowering are in the list attached to this article.
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