Donor Mom chosen to ride on Donate Life Float in Tournament of Roses Parade


Eric & Bethany Conkel and their son, Amalya Nathaniel, who was a neonatal organ and tissue donor. Bethany Conkel, of Dayton, Ohio, will represent the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation on the Donate Life Float at the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade.

EDISON, N.J., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) [] announced today that Bethany Conkel of Dayton, Ohio, whose son, Amalya Nathaniel, (whose name means work of the Lord, given by the Lord) was a neonatal organ and tissue donor, will represent MTF on the Donate Life Float at the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.

In March 2012, Bethany and Eric Conkel learned that their unborn son had a terminal neural tube defect called anencephaly, which results in the failure of the brain, skull, and scalp to develop. Determined to make the most of their son's life and death, the Conkels decided to pursue organ and whole body donation. It was a difficult journey but, shortly before Bethany's scheduled delivery date, they learned that their son could donate his liver, pancreas and whole body. You can learn more about their journey here. (

Life Connection of Ohio helped to facilitate Amalya's donation and, despite the lack of options for transplant due to his small size, his organs and tissues were placed with researchers through the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) [], a division of MTF. His donations went directly to medical researchers to advance studies in type 1 diabetes, train medical professionals and help improve emergency treatments for pediatric patients. Continue reading