Thursday, December 31, 2015

Teen's organ donation honored on rose parade float

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Bill Lohmann

Katie Barton of Powhatan County is among the 60 organ donors honored with a “floragraph.”

When she was little, Katie Barton used to sit before the television on New Year’s Day and watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, made famous for its floats made of flower blooms.

On Friday, more than a dozen years after her death in a traffic crash, Katie will be in the parade and on one of those floats.

When she was little, Katie Barton used to sit before the television on New Year’s Day and watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, made famous for its floats made of flower blooms.

On Friday, more than a dozen years after her death in a traffic crash, Katie will be in the parade and on one of those floats.

Katie will be among 60 “floragraphs” — portraits made from flowers — that depict deceased organ donors being honored on the Donate Life float in what has become an annual celebration of organ donation at the Rose Parade. Katie’s father, Jonathan Barton, and her stepmother, Betsy Stark Barton, traveled to Pasadena, Calif., for the event.Katie will be among 60 “floragraphs” — portraits made from flowers — that depict deceased organ donors being honored on the Donate Life float in what has become an annual celebration of organ donation at the Rose Parade. Katie’s father, Jonathan Barton, and her stepmother, Betsy Stark Barton, traveled to Pasadena, Calif., for the event. Continue reading

 

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