Donor’s mother: ‘You’ve got that positive piece to such a tragic day’

WANE | Sara Wagner

Floragraph of Jennifer Spurgeon

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – This New Year’s Rose Bowl Parade will have a special Indiana connection thanks to the gift of life. Jennifer Spurgeon tragically died after a fire, but her organs saved three people. Now, her picture will be featured on the Indiana Donor Network’s float in Pasadena, California.

Spurgeon’s family gets to represent Indiana at the parade. She is one of 60 donors whose picture will ride on the float. Each one is a floragraph made out of spices, seeds, and flowers.

“It’s just an honor for the Indiana Donor Network to honor Jennifer in this way for the gift that she gave to these people,” Spurgeon’s mother Rhonda Berger said.

Before they leave for that trip of a lifetime, though, her mother wanted to thank the people who made it all possible.

Hugs, flowers, and even a few tears filled a busy the St. Joseph Hospital lobby Monday morning. Continue reading