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On New Year’s Day, however, the national TV spotlight will be on the 18-year-old college student from Riverside, Calif., as this year’s sponsored float rider by Loma Linda University Transplantation Institute on the 2012 Donate Life Rose Parade Float.
The 2012 Donate Life Rose Parade Float’s theme is “One More Day,” embodying the nation’s most visible campaign to inspire people to save and heal lives as registered organ, eye, and tissue donors.
Orta will take his spot alongside 27 other inspirational float riders from throughout the country, who range in age from 17 to 67, whose lives were touched either as a donor or recipient of organ, eye or tissue donation.
“I feel privileged to be part of the Rose Parade,” said Orta, a freshman marketing major at California State University San Bernardino, who remembers watching the parade with his family on TV.
“I never thought about becoming a float rider,” he said. “My brother and I are really close and I was fortunate to be in a position to help when he was in trouble. All I wanted was to be there to help.”