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Donate Life Float Is Award Winner at 2016 Rose Parade for “Color and Color Harmony”

January 1st, 2016 by

The Tournament of Roses announced award-winning floats in the 127th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California — and the Donate Life Float was named among the winners.

The float, whose theme was “Treasure Life’s Journey,” was honored by the parade organizers with the Isabella Coleman Award for best presentation of color and color harmony.

Rose Parade Donate Life Float 2016

The Donate Life Float depicted a caravan scene at a desert oasis, celebrating the journey of life and the legacy of adventures by organ, eye and tissue donors and recipients. 

It called attention to 52 men and 44 women from across the U.S. whose own journeys have been touched by the incredible gift of organ donation and transplantation:

  • 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;
  • and 60 “floragraphs,” portraits made from flowers depicting deceased donors whose legacies are celebrated by their loved ones.

Pass Life On

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.

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