Oklahomans to be honored in 2016 Rose Parade

Edmund Sun

From left, Rae Ann Gossett; Elke Meeus, the creator of the floragraph of Maj. Kelley Chase; Ralph Howell and Jeff Orlowski.

Three locals will be representing Oklahoma in the 2016 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Maj. Kelley Chase and Ralph Howell, both of Edmond, and Rae Ann Gossett, of Shawnee, will all be a part of the Donate Life Float featured in the parade.

Every year, LifeShare of Oklahoma helps sponsor the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day to spread the message about organ, eye and tissue donation. As a sponsor, LifeShare is able to send one recipient to ride the float and one donor portrait to be honored on the float.

As an added bonus this year, Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, also sponsored the float and is being represented by a living donor.

This January, Oklahoma will be represented by the following three individuals:

Maj. Kelley Chase, organ and tissue donorMaj. Kelley Chase, organ and tissue donor. Continue reading