WNEM TV 5, Saginaw
Amanda Thompson died a year ago and became a tissue donor. A floral portrait of her, called a floragraph, will be featured on the Donate Life Rose Parade float on Jan. 2, 2012.
In December 2010, Amanda suffered a fatal stroke. Amanda's portrait will be one of 72 "floragraphs" of donors from across the country.
Thompson's family and friends will complete her floragraph at a luncheon. They call it a celebration of her life.
The luncheon will be at noon, Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Willow Tree Restaurant at the Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw Township.
"This is a wonderful tribute to Amanda," said Richard Pietroski, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, the sponsor of the floragraph. "Like all donors, Amanda leaves a legacy of giving."
Amanda's parents, Bill and Jill Thompson, added: "We know that Amanda is looking down at us smiling, knowing that she was able to help someone else. Amanda will always be a hero in our eyes, our loving, caring daughter. We miss her so very much."
Amanda's floragraph will be displayed on the Donate Life Rose Parade float that is called "One More Day!"
Through their life-changing experiences, the families of organ and tissue donors, living donors, and recipients of life-saving transplants know intimately the preciousness of time. Donate Life invites everyone to imagine "...One More Day" to remember a loved one, celebrate life, keep hope alive and make a difference to others.
In 2011, more than 360,000 people have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry to document their decision to help others by becoming an organ, tissue and cornea donor.