Float celebrates those who gave their all

Orange County Register | Deepa Bharath

Lynn and Wayne Winkel become emotional after view the floragraph of their son, Christopher Alan Winkel, who died at age 26 and donated his organs. The Winkels participated in the decorating of the Donate Life Rose Parade float in Pasadena. Each floragraph is based on a photo of the deceased donors and will be placed on the float. LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

For the past 12 years, the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade has served as a reminder of the lives that can be saved by organ and tissue donations.

On Thursday, 30 people will ride the float, the theme of which is “The Never-Ending Story,” symbolizing the concept that a donor’s legacy continues long after he or she dies, as donated organs and tissues help restore the lives of those who receive them.

The majority of the riders in the 2015 parade in Pasadena are organ and tissue recipients. They will be joined by mothers of four donors.

The float will feature 60 butterflies emerging from an open book. The butterflies, representing the average number of people helped by the organ and tissue donations of a single person, will ascend above 72 books adorned with portraits of deceased donors. Walking alongside the float will be 12 organ donors, four of whom have ties with the float riders. Continue reading
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