Organ donor to be remembered at Rose Parade | Rosalie Simmons
Tere Walsh is surrounded by family and friends at West Jefferson Medical Center as she and daughter Christen W. Roberts unveil her son, Matthew Walsh's flora-graph. Matt's portrait will be displayed on the 2016 Donate Life Rose Parade Float in Pasadena, CA.

The family and friends of organ-donor Matthew Patrick Walsh gathered at West Jefferson Medical Center to unveil and complete finishing touches to the eyebrows of his floral portrait (flora graph).

The portrait will be one of 60 donor medallions displayed on the 2016 Donate Life Rose Parade Float titled "Treasure Life's Journey" scheduled for Jan. 1. In Pasadena, Calif.

West Jefferson Medical Center Director of Marketing Taslin Alfonzo and Community Educator of Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency Lana Stevens greeted guests who came to honor the life that gave life-altering gifts to three others.

Tere Walsh said that her son Matt Walsh died in an automobile accident 10 years ago in April. Since then she has partnered with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) and Sudden Impact Louisiana to help educate others about the significant impact of organ donations.

Walsh said that because her son signed up to be an organ donor several people were given an extended and improved quality of life. She said that a 63 year old father of 8 and grandfather of 22 grandchildren, received Matt's heart and was able to spend more time on earth with his family. Other recipients included a 12 year old girl who received Matt's kidney, a 47 year old woman received his liver and others received his corneas. Continue reading
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