THE NEVER-ENDING STORY: 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float Design Is Unveiled
2015 Donate Life Float Shares ‘THE NEVER-ENDING STORY’ of organ, eye and tissue donation with Rose Parade audience. Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and University of Rochester Medical Center are among the official sponsors.
More than 70 organizations supporting Donate Life America’s life-saving mission, including Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) and University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), have unveiled their 12th Donate Life Rose Parade float, “The Never-Ending Story,” featuring butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize the enduring power of organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Donate Life float and its honored participants are the centerpiece of a national campaign that leads up to the 2015 Rose Parade, themed “Inspiring Stories.” The Rose Parade takes place January 1, 2015.
As official sponsors, FLDRN and URMC will invite organ donor family and transplant representatives from the Finger Lakes region to participate in the parade. An announcement in this regard will follow.
“Every donation of organs, eyes and tissue begins an inspiring story that lives on forever,” declared Bryan Stewart, chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float Committee. “In their passing, deceased donors open up a world of health, sight and mobility to people in need. The gifts from living donors release family members, friends and even strangers to live more fully. Grateful transplant recipients are freed to contribute to their families, communities and future generations. Through its endless power to save, heal and transform lives, organ, eye and tissue donation is truly The Never-Ending Story.”
The butterflies ascend above 72 volumes adorned with floragraph portraits of deceased donors whose legacies are nurtured by their loved ones.
The 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, coordinated by OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ recovery agency that serves the Los Angeles metropolitan area, features 60 beautiful butterflies emerging from an open book, representing the number of lives transformed by a single deceased donor. The butterflies ascend above 72 volumes adorned with floragraph portraits of deceased donors whose legacies are nurtured by their loved ones.
Walking alongside the float will be 12 living organ donors whose stories have become intertwined with those of their recipients. Seated among thousands of dedicated roses are 30 riders representing transplant recipients who celebrate the new chapters of their lives made possible only by the generosity of donors.
Donate Life Float: Inspiring People to Save and Improve Lives Through Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ, eye, and tissue donors. The campaign began as an idea expressed in a letter by lung recipient Gary Foxen of Orange, Calif., who wanted to show gratitude to donors who make life-saving transplants possible.
This year, the float campaign is headed by Annie Kure of OneLegacy, who serves as the float’s program manager. The 2015 Donate Life float is built by Phoenix Decorating Company from a design by Dave Pittman and is coordinated by Donate Life America member OneLegacy.
More Than 140 Official Sponsors
Each year, the Donate Life float campaign is supported by more than 140 official sponsors from coast to coast, including organ and tissue recovery organizations, tissue and eye banks, hospitals, transplant centers, state donor registries, funeral homes, donor family foundations and affiliated organizations.
Joining OneLegacy as top-level benefactors are the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB); Dignity Memorial® network; Bridge to Life, Ltd; Donate Life America; Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and University of Rochester Medical Center; Iowa Donor Network; The Order of St. Lazarus; Ryan Viator’s Legacy; TBI/Tissue Banks International; and Webco Mining, Inc.
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses
The 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Inspiring Stories,” will take place Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. (EST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.
Following the parade, the 101st Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. (EST) and feature an exciting match-up between two of the top collegiate football teams in the nation.
For additional information on the Tournament of Roses, visit the official website at http://www.tournamentofroses.com/.