Laporte County Life | Community Healthcare System staff
For a fifth year, families gathered with Community Healthcare System staff members, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network representatives and Indiana Lions Eye Bank officials to honor the area’s organ, eye and tissue donors.
The annual Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony was held Nov. 4 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts to formally send-off roses that will make up the Donate Life float in the 2016 Rose Parade. Each of the 33 roses sponsored by Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart now carry tags with messages on their vials of love from the donor families.
“Each of you has a story to tell and this is a safe place to tell it,” said Jana Lacera, rose ceremony coordinator and director of Bioethics, Community Hospital. “Everyone here understands what you are going through after losing a loved one. These dedicated roses and the tributes they carry add special meaning not only for the families of our organ and tissue donors, but serve to inspire others to become organ, eye and tissue donors as well. Supporting the Donate Life float is just one of the ways the hospitals of Community Healthcare System honor and remembers donors and their generous contributions.” Continue reading