ROSE PARADE 2016: Donate Life Float’s Theme Is “TREASURE LIFE’S JOURNEY”
December 31st, 2015 by Nancy Ryan
The 13th annual Donate Life float in the January 1, 2016 Rose Parade teaches us all to “Treasure Life’s Journey,” the theme of this year’s float.
It will call attention to 52 men and 44 women whose own journeys have been touched by the incredible gift of organ donation and transplantation.
The float will feature:
- 24 riders, who are organ and tissue recipients (or, in a few cases, are family members representing loved ones who were transplant recipients)
- 12 walkers, men and women who made the remarkable but increasingly widespread choice of donating a kidney to a family member or even a stranger
- 60 “floragraphs,” portraits made from flowers depicting deceased donors whose legacies are celebrated by their loved ones
“The act of organ and tissue donation weaves together a tapestry of donors and recipients, of hope and remembrance, and beloved family and friends who live on through the most miraculous of gifts,” said Tom Mone, chairman of the Donate Life float committee and CEO of OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ, eye and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area.
“The riders, walkers and floragraph honorees who will accompany the 13th annual Donate Life float each have an amazing story to tell. With over 123,000 people waiting on the national transplant list today, we hope that these honorees will inspire millions more to register as organ donors.”
The 96 honorees hail from across the country, including men and women of every age, race and origin.
The theme of the 2016 Rose Parade is “Find Your Adventure.”
The 127th Rose Parade will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. (Eastern) featuring majestic floral floats.
The parade will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California.
Pass Life On. You have the power to let life begin again.
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network encourages everyone age 18 and over to join the New York State Donate Life Registry.
- One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people by donating their heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small intestines.
- On average, one tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating their corneas, skin, bones and heart valves, among others.
More information about the the Tournament of Roses.