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DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT -INDIANA- LUTHERAN HOSPITAL TO PARTICIPATE IN ROSE PARADE

Press release from Lutheran Hospital:
Lutheran Only Hospital in State to Participate in Rose Bowl Parade with Float Celebrating Lives of Area Organ, Corneal and Tissue DonorsLutheran to host special recognition program for donor families Jan. 24
(December 30, 2009) – On January 1, Lutheran Hospital will demonstrate its gratitude nationally to area residents who generously gave the gift of life by becoming organ, corneal or tissue donors. The hospital, which has the region’s only heart transplant and kidney transplant programs, recently dedicated roses that will appear on the Rose Bowl Parade’s Donate Life float. These roses represent 85 donors from northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio and honor their decision to donate life.
“As we celebrate the many lives saved at Lutheran Hospital, we must also reflect and acknowledge the donors who help us preserve the gift of life for others,” said Joe Dorko, CEO, Lutheran Hospital. “We’re proud to honor donors and their families through the Ro…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT- PLACEMENT OF INDIANA ROSES IN FAMILY CIRCLE GARDEN ON DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT

From IOPO Website

Late Tuesday evening (actually 12:30 AM Wednesday Indiana time!) we had the honor of personally placing the dedicated roses from Indiana on the front of the Donate Life Float. Our families helped us read the dedication tags aloud before placing each rose on the float. We carefully placed more than 100 roses, including 85 roses from Lutheran Hospital honoring each of their donors, and several roses dedicated by IOPO volunteers and other Indiana families. It was our pleasure and a privilege to help with this, and it will be one of many special memories of our Rose Parade experience!














DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE - OMAHA,NE - NEBRASKA WILL BE ON PARADE

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Chip OlsenWORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


This year's annual Rose Parade in California will include a few Nebraska ties.
One float in Friday's parade in Pasadena is sponsored by RFD-TV, a television channel founded in the Omaha area that focused for nearly 10 years on providing entertainment geared at rural American lifestyles.

The float will showcase the FFA organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. Commodities grown in the United States, including Nebraska corn and soybeans, will be depicted on the float.
The Millard West High School marching band will participate in the Rose parade, now in its 121st year. Millard West is the first Nebraska band in 16 years to be invited to the event.

A second float in the parade will feature the likeness of a Nebraska man whose heart, liver, pancreas, both kidneys and both corneas, as well as bone and tissue, were donated after his death nearly four years ago.
Thomas Varney V will be one of more than 75…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - ROSES TO REPRESENT HOOSIER ORGAN DONORS

Source: The News Sentinel - Fort Wayne, Ind

Roses to represent Hoosier organ donors
They will be honored in a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Friday.

By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel
Tim Cassiday, along with 90 other organ, eye and tissue donors from Lutheran Hospital, will each be represented by a rose on the Donate Life float in Friday's Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.Tim Cassiday had sleep apnea, and the night before he was to go into the hospital for tests, his wife, Kim, awoke to find him unconscious and struggling to breathe. He was placed in intensive care at Lutheran Hospital for a week, but he had been without oxygen for too long to survive.“We had to make a choice,” said Cassiday.Kari Cassiday, Tim's daughter, is a registered nurse at Lutheran Hospital and has seen such tragic situations before; she was able to help her mother through the process. “We donated his corneas, bone, tissues and tendons; we were told his donations would help up to …

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - QUADRUPLE AMPUTEE TO BE FEATURED ON ROSE PARADE FLOAT

Source: 9 News, Aurora, ColoradoAURORA - In 2002, Manuel Salazar lost all four of his limbs during a jobsite accident that sent 115,000 volts through his body - twice. Through years of rehabilitation and determination, he rebuilt his body and his spirit. Now, Salazar wants to share his story with the world.
"I'm nervous," Salazar said. "But it's going to be exciting at the same time."
Salazar was invited to appear on the "Donate Life" float at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. He is going on behalf of a Colorado-based, nonprofit organization called AlloSource.
"I feel that it's an honor for me to be able to help them get the word out and let other people know that maybe are in a similar situation," Salazar said.
AlloSource provides skin, bone, and tissue allografts.
For Salazar, the donations helped doctors surgically attach an extension of what he has left of his right arm. Donor bone was used to help build his shoulder joint to …

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT-A VISION BEYOND: AN ORGAN DONOR, A RECIPIENT AND A PARADE OF ROSES

Source: San Jose Mercury News
By Scott Herhold
Mercury News Columnist

Posted: 12/30/2009 08:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 12/31/2009 07:05:44 AM PST


The story I was given for the day before New Year's seemed to have all the ribbons: Good guy from San Jose dies and donates cornea. Young woman who lives six miles away receives cornea and gets sight restored. The Rose Parade in Pasadena will honor both people.
Though the facts were true, it didn't happen the way I first thought: The good guy was not the donor of the woman's new cornea. Corneas are not off-the-shelf products.
Yet the story appealed to me anyway, maybe even more strongly, because it illustrated the bank of human generosity and need.
Begin with the good guy: Tom Dunn, a 27-year-old youth mentor at his church and a manager for KDS Plumbing in San Jose, grew up with an adventurous spirit.
In August 2008, he was hiking with his best friend on Mount Si in Washington state when he slipped from a steep trail and fell 200 feet, sufferi…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT- YOUTH, SURGEON TEAM UP AGAIN FOR ROSE PARADE FLOAT

Source: Redlands Daily Facts
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/30/2009

PASADENA - Hannah Grinnan spent Tuesday cutting flowers and gluing them to a float that will be part of the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.
Next to her is the surgeon who performed her heart transplant in 1998.
Hannah, a 12-year-old from Redlands, received a heart transplant 11 days after her birth, performed by Dr. Leonard Bailey of Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. On this day, the duo affixed flowers to the Donate Life float, where Hannah will ride as the youngest of 24 organ, eye and tissue donors.
"I have waited a long time for this," Hannah said. "I am so excited because not very many people get to ride on it."
Hannah's father, Bill, said she was promised a spot on the parade float when she was old enough. That promise was made five years ago.
"Since then, she's been counting down the years and months and days until she'd be able to do it," he said. "…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - REMEMBERING BRONSON - TROY ORGAN DONOR HONORED AT ROSE PARADE

Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2009
By CANDACE CHASE/Daily Inter Lake

A 25-year-old Troy man who died two years ago on New Year’s Day will be remembered during Friday’s Rose Parade for the gifts he gave as an organ donor.
Bronson Parsons’ family — his parents Paul and Carol Parsons of Troy and sisters Erin Leighty and Robin Cummings — personally decorated the floral image of Bronson that will be displayed with 76 others on the national Donate Life float honoring organ donors.

“It’s early in the parade — the fourth float,” Carol said Tuesday. “He’s the first Montanan honored.”
The family traveled to Pasadena, Calif., in early December to make the “floragraph” image and then again this week to help hundreds of other volunteers apply thousands of fresh flowers to finish the float Wednesday and today.
The tribute celebrates Bronson’s decision to become an organ donor. Through his gift, the 25-year-old left a legacy far greater than many who lived years longer.

“He was able to save six lives an…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT- MEMORIAL ER DOCTOR'S DEATH MEANT LIFE FOR OTHERS

Source: Memorial Examiner
By: Rusty Graham

As an emergency room doctor and medical entrepreneur who loved his work, Dr. Victor Miranda found satisfaction in helping others in moments of great need. But when he died suddenly at the age of 52 of cardiac arrest from an undetected congenital heart defect, his family was faced with the agonizing decisions that grieving survivors must face.

One decision that came easy was to share Miranda’s organs, tissue, bone and tendons with those who needed them.

“We decided when we were a young couple that (organ donation) was something we wanted to do,” said Lisa Miranda, Miranda’s wife of 27 years, a nurse and Piney Point resident.

Dr. Victor Miranda will be honored Friday with a floragraph on a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Built by Donate Life, a national organ donation organization, the float will feature floragraphs representing 76 organ donors from across the country. Float riders include 24 recipients of organs and other…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - ROSE PARADE FLOAT TO FEATURE FLORAL PORTRAIT OF EASTERN STUDENT KILLED IN A BUS ACCIDENT

Rose Parade float to feature floral portrait of Eastern student killed in bus accidentStaff Report: Journal GazzetteCHARLESTON — Ever since Cameron Chana was killed in a May bus accident in Mattoon, his parents have been honoring his life and his decision to be an organ donor.Now, the efforts of Rob and Lori Chana of Clarendon Hills to honor their son will be part of a Rose Parade float on Friday in Pasadena, Calif. A floral portrait of Chana, an Eastern Illinois University graduate, will represent the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donation Network in the Donate Life float in this nationally televised parade.Chana had just graduated from EIU and was preparing to begin a master’s in business administration program when he and Justin Sleezer of Yorkville, both 22, were killed in the double-decker bus accident on Illinois Route 16 in Mattoon. Working with Gift of Hope, Chana’s parents agreed to organ and tissue donation.Lori Chana said in a letter provided to Gift of Hope that the loss o…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT-SALT LAKE CITY, UT- ROSE PARADE MEMORIES LIVE ON FOR ORGAN DONOR'S FAMILY

By Katie Drake
The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 12/31/2009 07:00:23 AM MST

Caroline Bryant passed away in 1997, but she'll ride, in more ways than one, in the 2010 Rose Parade
.
Bryant was an organ donor and her liver recipient, Tyla Newbold, will ride on the "Donate Life" float with Bryant's son, Carter.
Bryant was eight months pregnant with Carter, now 12, when she was killed in a car accident in Cedar City. Her organs were given to seven people, all waiting for a life-saving transplant.
One of those recipients was Newbold, then 16, who was suffering from a blood clotting disorder that destroyed her liver. The Sandy teen had been on the transplant list for 18 months, and doctors said she had only weeks to live.
Newbold and Carter will join 22 other organ recipients on the float, along with a floragraph of Caroline, a portrait created using seeds and spices. They hope to raise awareness of organ donation --- and recruit desperately needed future donors.
There were 375 Utahns w…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - PASADENA - DONATE LIFE FLOAT RISES LIKE A PHOENIX

Donate Life Float Rises Like a Phoenix
Written by DianaMartinez and Alex Garcia, Sun Staff
Wednesday, 30 December 2009


"New Life Rises" is the theme for this year's Donate Life Rose Parade. A large phoenix has been created to soar 30 feet in the air, above the 24 float riders - all transplant recipients along with family members of deceased donors, seated along a Wall of Names inspired by the National Donor Memorial in Richmond, Virginia.
The phoenix's tail feathers are adorned with dozens of floragraphs - portraits created with flowers that are created from photos of those who have passed and donated organs to those in need. The float is also adorned with roses with each rose placed in a vial with a message inscribed dedicated to an organ donor.

"The families of these donors have grieved the loss of their loved ones, yet they will celebrate their lives when the Donate life float and its floragraphs journey down Colorado Boulevard on NewYear's Day." Said Bry…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT-BROOMFIELD MAN'S GIFT OF LIFE HONORED IN PARADE OF ROSES

FLORAGRAPH MEMORY: Broomfield residents Rob Schuppert died at age 24. His likeness will be featured in a floragraph on the New Life Rises parade entry in the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday.
Source: Broomfield EnterpriseBy: Bette Erickson

"I am such a huge advocate for organ and tissue donation," Bobbi Schuppert said on the phone Dec. 23, the day that would have been her son`s 37th birthday had he not died at age 24.
"I realize donating is a personal choice."
Formerly of Broomfield, she and her husband lost their son, Rob, to a pulmonary embolism in 1997, a month after a January car accident. Living in the Westlake subdivision at the time, she noted how losing Rob was difficult for the couple and his older sister, Tiki.
"Rob was such a giving person," Schuppert said, "And he`s still giving today -- that`s how amazing it is."
On New Year`s Day in Pasadena, Calif., Rob Schuppert will be represented alongside Joseph Templ…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT-NEW JERSEY MILITARY OFFICER WILL RAISE AWARENESS FOR TISSUE DONATION IN ROSE PARADE BOWL PARADE

Source: New Jersey Newsroom

Jeremy Starr of Wrightstown to represent Edison transplant foundation in Pasadena, Calif.

Not only does he do his part to support his country, but Jeremy Starr is also doing his part to raise awareness of the impact of tissue donation. The decorated Air Force Technical Sergeant will represent the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) on the Donate Life Float in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day.
Technical Sergeant Starr, originally from Virginia and now living in Wrightstown, N.J., was handicapped with a serious knee injury, a life-changing injury.

But Starr's determination and tenacity took center stage.
And helping him along the way was the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, a non-profit tissue bank located in Edison, N.J., that provided the tissue used for Jeremy's successful knee surgery.

Currently assigned to the 305th Aerial Port Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, Starr was on act…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - NEW LIFE RISES AT THE 2010 ROSE PARADE

Source: Second Chances, Infinite Hope BlogDifferent cities all around the United States celebrate the New Year in different ways. A nearly 800 pound peach is dropped in downtown Atlanta, in Philadelphia they celebrate with the famous Mummers Parade on Broad Street and in Pasadena, Cali., more than 700,000 people line the streets to watch (and thousands more via television around the world) the Tournament of Roses Parade.
On January 1, Baltimore native Tarrence Regan-Mitchell will be honored, along with 76 other organ, eye and tissue donors who in their passing saved, healed and gave hope to thousands of people in need. Tarrence’s likeness will be transformed in a ‘floragraph’ that will adorn the Donate Life float, New Life Rises, in the 2010 Rose Parade.
Floragraphs are artistic portraits created by using spices, seeds, and other organic materials to cover a digitized photograph of the individual. The final image is astonishingly realistic, recognizable and a fitting memorial to organ, …

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE - PASADENA - LA TOP COPS PLACE SYMBOLIC ROSES ON FLOAT DEDICATED TO ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION

Source: Pasadena Star NewsRose Parade update: Top LA cops to place symbolic roses on float dedicated to organ transplantation
Posted: 12/29/2009 10:42:12 AM PST


PASADENA - Los Angeles' top law enforcement officers, Sheriff Lee Baca and Deputy Police Chief Michel Moore, will join together to place dedicated roses on the Donate Life Rose Parade float, "New Life Rises," later today at the Rosemont Pavailion in Pasadena.

Their rose placements at 5 p.m. will be followed by a special dedication by California Department of Motor Vehicles Director George Valverde, according to a news release from Donate Life.

Throughout the day, other families from across the nation, and representatives of Southland hospitals and municipalities, will also places roses in honor of loved ones touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Each rose is unique because it bears the individual's name and heartfelt dedication. Donate Life's seventh float entry features a phoenix, representing those wh…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - WYOMING- MILLER MEMORIALIZED IN ROSE PARADE

Miller memorialized in Rose Parade
Monday, December 28, 2009 4:37 PM MST

Donor Alliance release

For more than 120 years, the Tournament of Roses Parade has been an American tradition.

This year, Wyoming’s organ and tissue donation community will come together to honor a local donor family whose story will have a presence on the 2010 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, New Life Rises. The float will be featured in the 121st annual Tournament of Roses Parade on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at 9 a.m. MST in Pasadena, Calif.New Life Rises will feature a phoenix n the mythical symbol of life coming out of death n rising into the sky, representing those who give life in their death and the people whose lives are renewed by their gifts.

The bird will soar high above 24 riders who are comprised of living donors and donor family members from across the U.S. Adorning the bird’s tail feathers are 76 floragraphsnportraits created with floral material of deceased donors who gave life to those in need.In addition, …

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT TO RIDE IN ROSE PARADE

Source: Redlands Daily Facts


JESSE B. GILL Staff Writer
Posted: 12/29/2009 09:14:07 PM PST

PASADENA - Hannah Grinnan spent Tuesday cutting flowers and gluing them to a float that will be part of the Rose Parade on New Year's Day. Alongside her - the surgeon who performed her heart transplant in 1998.

Hannah, a 12-year-old from Redlands, received a heart transplant 11 days after her birth, performed by Loma Linda University Children's Hospital Dr. Leonard Bailey. On this day, the duo together affixed flowers to the Donate Life float, where Hannah will ride on the big day as the youngest of 24 organ, eye and tissue donors.

"I have waited a long time for this," Hannah said. "I am so excited because not very many people get to ride on it."
Hannah's father, Bill, said she was promised a spot on the parade float when she was old enough, That promise was made five years ago.

"Since then, she's been counting down the years and months and days until she'd …

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - COLUMBUS, OH - LIFELINE OF OHIO HONORS DONOR FAMILIES

Source: NBC 4Lifeline Of Ohio Honors Donor Families

By Angie Price Published: December 29, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tuesday night at the Columbus Airport Mariott, Lifeline of Ohio honored pediatric organ and tissue donors who gave the “gift of life” in 2009.
Each of the families that attended the ceremony received a replica of a dedicated rose that will ride on the Donate Life Roase Parade Float during the Tournament of Roses Parade on Friday in Pasadena.
The Family Circle rose dedication program, which began in 2006, gives families an individual and emotional connection to the parade and the Donate Life Float. The garden features roses dedicated to donors across the country, each with a vial carrying a personal message of love, hope and remembrance.
Lifeline of Ohio estimates that more than 2900 Ohioans are waiting for organ transplants.

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - ORANGE, CA - SON GIVES MOM KIDNEY . . . AND LIFE

Source: Orange Country RegisterORANGE A year has past since Lili Ibañez's son gave her another chance at life by giving her a kidney.
On Tuesday morning, she and her son, Anthony, 20, toured the halls of the dialysis center at St. Joseph Hospital handing roses to patients undergoing treatment.Ibañez came to the hospital in preparation for Friday's Rose Parade. The Department of Motor Vehicles examiner from Anaheim will ride aboard the Donate Life float along with 23 other organ recipients to highlight the need for organ and tissue donations – more than 100,000 people nationally are awaiting potentially life-saving organs to replace failing kidneys, livers and hearts.
Ibañez and her son, who visted the dialysis center to encourage patients and to publicize the float, went from bed to bed, offering dialysis patients a rose and asking them to sign a sweatshirt that she plans to wear as she makes her way down the 5.5-mile parade route.
Ibañez clasped the hands of patients and told th…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT -VISALIA, CA - VALLY PARTICIPANTS IN ROSE PARADE INCLUDE APPALOOSA RIDER, ORGAN DONOR

Source: Visalia Times - DeltaBy: Maria Ortiz-Briones & Eric Woomer

When the California Transplant Donor Network called Visalian Sunny Luna during the summer and asked her if she would "mind" riding on a float on the organization's Rose Parade float, she couldn't say no."This is an opportunity of a lifetime," said Luna, 35, who has been involved with the organization for years.Luna, one of at least two Tulare County residents who'll take part in the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1, will use the opportunity to promote the benefits of organ donation. Luna's kidneys failed when she was shortly out of high school because of her battle with lupus; she's had three kidney transplants.In January, Luna received a transplant from Maria de los Angeles Yepez, a pastor at the Universal Christian Church of The Salvation Army in Fresno. Yepez, 57, became a three-organ donor, saving three lives.Luna is one of the 24 organ-transplant rec…

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS-MANCHESTER, ENGLAND-THOUSANDS SIGN UP TO SAVE LIVES

Source: Manchester Evening News
ALMOST 3,000 people have joined the organ donor register after an M.E.N campaign.We told the story of brave Rachael Wakefield, pictured, who suffers from a rare lung condition. Her life is on hold until she gets a life-saving organ swap.Rachael, 21, is one of more than 400 people waiting for a transplant in Greater Manchester. But the clock is ticking – health officials say many patients will die before an organ becomes available.Less than a quarter of the region’s population is on the organ donor register – well below the national average. Readers were so moved by Rachael’s story that 3,000 signed up, bringing the Greater Manchester total to 633,688.Rachael, from Dukinfield, is still waiting for the call that could change her life but is thrilled by the response to her plea.She said: “I thought if just one person responded to my story and signed the donor register that could save so many others.“It is overwhelming to think almost 3,000 people have signe…