New Mexico organ donor honored in Rose Bowl parade

KRQE | Aaron Drawhorn

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Millions will watch the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, and a Belen man will be recognized for a decision he made at the Motor Vehicles Division. Jonathan Madrid died in August, but his life lives on through others. He was a young organ donor, and he leaves behind a lasting legacy.

In California, Joe De La Riva and Monica Ramirez, volunteers with Donate Life, worked hard on a floral portrait of Jonathan Madrid of Belen.

Monica Ramirez said, “I want to tell the families thank you, thank you for sharing Jonathan with me, thank you for making a decision to make that decision to donate first of all.”

The floragraph of Jonathan is one of 60 memorial floragraphs that will go on the Donate Life float in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor, honestly, again to do this for the family. They’ve gone through so much, and just a little token of saying, thank you, for everything they’ve given,” said Joe De La Riva. Continue reading