2018 Donate Life Rose Parade® Float to Reflect the Gift of Time and the Generosity of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Worldwide


Former NFL Coach and Transplant Recipient Sam Wyche Among the Float’s Riders in Pasadena January 1

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Before more than 13,000 cheering participants at the 15th Annual Donate Life Run/Walk event held this past weekend, OneLegacy unveiled the design for the Donate Life Rose Parade® float that will be featured at the 2018 Tournament of Roses® parade.
The 2018 Donate Life float at the Tournament of Roses® parade will carry the theme The Gift of Time with the simple, life-giving message that organ, eye and tissue donation saves and heals lives. (Graphic: Business Wire)

This year’s float entry, The Gift of Time, reflects the parade’s theme of Making a Difference by celebrating the power of kindness and the generous acts of people throughout the world who are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Perhaps no act is more emblematic of this than becoming an organ or tissue donor: a single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and tissue.

Among those riding on the Donate Life Rose Parade® float will be former NFL coach Sam Wyche who received a donated heart in North Carolina in 2016, just hours before he was going to be transferred to hospice care. Wyche’s appearance is being co-sponsored by LifeShare of The Carolinas, Donate Life South Carolina and Sharing Hope of South Carolina. Additional participants honored on the float include Austin Elder, a sports and outdoors enthusiast who became an eye and tissue donor, sponsored by Trenton’s Legacy as well as heart recipient Yolanda Harshaw and her donor Melissa Owen, sponsored by ARORA. Continue reading


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