Cathedral City Man to Be Honored as an Organ and Tissue Donor Hero on the Donate Life Float in the 2017 Rose Parade®


RIVERSIDE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ishmiel Ward, a young Cathedral City man with a generous spirit and big heart, will be honored as an organ and tissue donor on the Donate Life float in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade®. Today Ishmiel’s family put the finishing touches on a floral portrait of his likeness, called a floragraph, during a special unveiling ceremony with Donate Life California at the Riverside East office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The Donate Life float, Teammates in Life, a Polynesian-style catamaran, will sail down the streets of Pasadena during the 128th Rose Parade® on January 2, 2017.
“I would like to personally thank Donate Life California for honoring a DMV family member on the Donate Life Rose Parade float.”
As, as his family called him, was involved in church and youth group activities and expressed a desire to go into the military. However, in June 2011, at just 20 years old, his life was tragically cut short. Through their grief, Ish’s family decided to help others by donating his organs and tissue, saving the life of his great aunt in New York with a directed kidney donation. Ish’s lungs, liver and other kidney saved three other people in Southern California; and his gifts of bone tissue helped countless others. Continue reading
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