Rose Parade float will honor Holmdel organ donor


The floragraph of Courtney Dayback, an organ donor from Holmdel, that will appear on the Donate Life float at the Rose Parade.(Photo: NJ Sharing Network)
After her death in 2008, Courtney Dayback's organs benefited seven people. Her image will appear on a float in Pasadena.

It’s a powerful part of the Rose Parade each New Year’s Day, a float dedicated to honor organ donors and the recipients of their life-saving gifts.

This year’s Donate Life float will be especially moving for Holmdel residents Dennis and Linda Dayback. It will carry the image of their daughter Courtney, whose organs benefited seven people after she died from cardiac arrest at age 19 in 2008.

“We’re honored,” Dennis Dayback said. “Courtney is not with us, but I’m very proud of Courtney. She was just a very giving, very generous person.”

A Holmdel High School graduate, Courtney Dayback suffered cardiac arrest while attending classes at Brookdale Community College in Middletown. Her parents decided to donate her organs through N.J. Sharing Network, a nonprofit organ procurement organization based in Union County. Continue reading