Alex and the heroic story of his brother, professional boxer Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez, were carefully selected to participate in the nation's most visible campaign to inspire people to save lives as registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. A "floragraph" portrait of Paco, made entirely of organic floral materials, will be featured on a large floral timepiece that demonstrates the precious time we have to spend with our loved ones.
"Paco" Rodriguez was a proud Mexican-American who came from a very admired and respected family of boxers. Paco became a Chicago hometown favorite winning the 2001 national Golden Gloves championship title at age 17. He also was a five-time Chicago Golden Gloves champion and competed in the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials. Tragically in November 2009, at just 25 years old, Paco died from injuries sustained from a title bout. He was survived by his wife Sonia and infant daughter Ginette. Despite the hurt of his death, his mourning family and fans were able to find consolation in his heroic act of donating his organs that saved the lives of five people.
"My brother always wanted to be a hero, and his dream came true," said Alex. "I am privileged to work with Gift of Hope and to ride on the Donate Life Rose Parade(R) float helping bring attention to this wonderful message."