Honoring a beloved woman

TONKA NEWS | Shelly Hilburn

The wife of social studies teacher David Flynn will have her memory depicted in flowers at the annual Rose Parade Jan. 2 in Pasadena, Calif. At age 43, Heather Reed-Flynn passed away unexpectedly last year due to a stroke and became an organ donor.

The Rose Parade is a celebration of the New Year which includes flower-covered floats, marching bands and groups of horses. Flynn and his daughter, Hannah, will travel to California to participate in the activities.

“The Donate Life float is just one of the many floats that’s actually in the Rose Bowl Parade and it represents all of the organ donors both living and deceased who have actually given the gift of life,” Flynn said.

According to Flynn, the Midwest Transplant Network asked if he would be okay with his wife being a representative in the Rose Parade.  Continue reading