Former Forest City family in Rose Parade

Globe Gazette | Courtney Fiorini

While Hawkeye fans prepared themselves for the Rose Bowl, former Forest City residents John and Mary Jorgensen represented their son on the Donate Life float in The Rose Parade.

Donate Life America is a non-profit organization that advocates organ, eye and tissue donation.

“There was a person who works at the Iowa Donor Network who submitted an application, nominating us to be part of this celebration of life,” John said.

The Jorgensen’s lost their son, Jesse, in an Iowa Falls car accident in 2007. He was an organ donor.

John and Mary, who now live in Sioux City, are active in the Donate Life America organization. Continue reading