FARGO – Kirstin Cantler-Booke was traveling with her parents when their car hit a patch of ice and swerved into a concrete bridge pillar on Interstate 29.
Kirstin, just three weeks shy of her first birthday, died the following day at Essentia Health here. It was Christmas Eve, 2009.
Her parents, Sydney Cantler and Andrew Booke, readily agreed to allow their daughter to be a tissue donor.
Her contributions went to recipients ranging from age 13 to 46 in 12 states. A heart valve went to California, a pulmonary valve to Wisconsin. She also donated 26 bone and cartilage grafts.
Now Kirstin’s gifts will be recognized in the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday.
Kirstin’s picture, made of flower blossoms, will be part of the float in the famous Rose Parade, seen by millions of television viewers in the United States and around the world.
She is being honored by LifeSource, the organ donation organization for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.