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Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network > Raising Awareness of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation > Rose Parade > “Light Up the World” Float Will Inspire 2014 Rose Parade Viewers

“Light Up the World” Float Will Inspire 2014 Rose Parade Viewers

On June 17, 2013, more than 70 organizations supporting Donate Life America’s life-saving mission unveiled their 11th Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade float: “Light Up the World,” a festival of beautiful lanterns that will inspire viewers worldwide to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

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The Donate Life Float and its honored participants are the centerpiece of a national campaign that leads up to the 2014 Rose Parade.

The Rose Parade is hosted annually by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a volunteer organization.

In a news release, Bryan Stewart, chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float Committee, said, “We were inspired by the theme of the 125th Rose Parade, ‘Dreams Come True,’ to reflect on how our dreams are illuminated by the examples of others.”

Through their life-changing experiences, individuals and families touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation shine a light on us all.

He said that those “touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation shine a light on us all.”

Mr. Stewart, who is also the vice president of communications at OneLegacy, the organ procurement organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, said transplant recipients “radiate with gratitude and renewed” because of their donors, and families of deceased donors “rekindle their spirits by carrying on their loved ones’ dreams.”

“Living donors and registered donors are beacons of hope to patients who aspire to live longer, fuller lives,” Mr. Stewart added. “Like lanterns illuminating the night sky above or the path before us, those who give and receive the gift of life light up the world with their compassion and courage.”

QUICK FACTS: The 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float 

  • The float, “Light Up the World,” features a festival of lanterns illuminating 30 riders – all grateful organ, eye and tissue transplant recipients – and 12 living organ donors, walking alongside to demonstrate their ongoing vitality.
  • The float’s five enormous lanterns are adorned with 72 memorial floragraph portraits of deceased donors whose legacies of life shine brightly.
  • The riders are seated throughout a dedication garden filled with thousands of roses bearing personal messages of love, hope and remembrance.
  • The 2014 Donate Life Float was built by Phoenix Decorating Company from a design by Dave Pittman.

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