Teen's Parents Behind Rose Parade Float That Encourages Organ Donation

NBC NEWS Los Angeles | GordonTokumatsu

A bad decision led to an uplifting message for one of the Rose Parade's floats, which organizers hope will encourage others to donate organs and help save lives.

Connor Reid Eckhardt was 18 years old when he died after taking one hit of the synthetic drug "Spice."

The July 2014 death devastated his parents, and they mourn his bad decision every single day.

But at the same time, they're proud.

Before the Newport Beach teen died, he made the decision to donate his organs should tragedy strike.

"People need to know -- not only about organ donation -- but people need to know about the dangers of 'legal highs.' Kids are dying all over the world," Veronica Eckhardt, Connor's mother, said. VIDEO, continue reading