ABC News 7 Chicago | Theresa Gutierrez
At the time of his death, Francisco Paco Rodriquez's family followed his orders and donated his organs that helped to saved the lives of five individuals, including an uncle in need of a kidney transplant.
Paco's story was chosen from thousands, and a floragraph, a portrait of him made with flowers, will be placed on a parade float to encourage individuals to become organ donors and give the gift of life.
"I know, wherever he is, he is glad and happy that I made the decision he wanted me to make for him," said Sonia "Paco" Rodriguez, the boxer's widow.
At the time of his death, Rodriguez's wife was left to raise their infant daughter, now 2 1/2 years old. She says she always talks to her daughter about her father and the kind of man he was.