Local Organ Donor Reat Griffin Underwood to be Featured on Donate Life Rose Parade Float


Now in its 14th year, the Donate Life Rose Parade float is the centerpiece of a national effort of more than 50 organizations that have teamed up to reach a broad audience with the simple, life-giving message that organ, eye, and tissue donation saves and heals lives.

Among the donors to be featured on the float is Reat Griffin Underwood, who was tragically killed in a hate crime outside of the Jewish Community Center in 2014. Reat's portrait is one of the 60 floral portraits, or floragraphs, featured on the float that will appear in the historic New Year's Day parade.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, Reat's parents, brother, grandmother and other family members will gather at the offices of Boyer & Corporon Wealth Management in Overland Park to put the final pieces on the actual floragraph before it is sent back to California to be placed on the float. The media is invited to attend this meaningful event at 4 p.m. and see the floragraph.

The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, "Echoes of Success," tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. This year's float, Teammates in Life, recognizes a total of 96 honorees on a spectacular Polynesian catamaran, including Reat. Just under one year before Reat's untimely death, the 14-year-old had signed the back of his driver's permit to be an organ donor. Reat's donation was coordinated by the Midwest Transplant Network. Continue reading

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