Rose Anna's sister Teri Woodall, an employee of the Grass Valley DMV office, remembered her sister who died in a car accident in 1988 at the age of 20. "It is a great comfort to her loved ones to know that two people were able to see the beautiful world she left behind through her cornea donations."
Rose Anna's portrait will be displayed at six DMV offices in the area. Then her floragraph, along with those of other donors in California, will be part of the "Donate Life" float in the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade to be held in Pasadena on Jan. 1, 2011.
Floragraphs are memorial portraits honoring deceased organ, eye and tissue donors on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. They are created using spices, seeds, and other organic materials to cover a digitalized photograph of the honoree.
California leads the nation and Nevada County is a top registrant of organ donors, according to Katherine Doolittle, Golden State Donor Services Community Outreach Manager. 7.5 million Californians have registered as organ donors, largely thanks to the ongoing partnership with the DMV, Doolittle said.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is proud to be a partner of Donate Life California in an effort to register millions of Californians as organ and tissue donors by promoting the Donor Registry and giving millions of Californians the opportunity to register by checking the "yes" box when they apply for or renew a Driver's License or Identification Card.
For more information about Donate Life, visit their web site: DonateLifeCalifornia.org