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

January 1st, 2016 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

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.

Read about this year’s Donate Life Float honoreesYou can search through all of the honorees by type (floragraph, rider, walker), location (state or city) or other keyword.

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.

ROSE PARADE 2016: Donate Life Float’s Theme Is “TREASURE LIFE’S JOURNEY”

December 31st, 2015 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

A rendering of the Donate Life float that will appear in the 2016 Rose Parade. The float's theme is “Treasure Life’s Journey.” It depicts a caravan scene at a desert oasis. The float celebrates the journey of life and the legacy of adventures by organ, eye and tissue donors and recipients.

A rendering of the Donate Life float that will appear in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. The float’s theme is “Treasure Life’s Journey.” It depicts a caravan scene at a desert oasis. The float celebrates the journey of life and the legacy of adventures by organ, eye and tissue donors and recipients.

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.

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The Best Christmas Present: A Kidney from a Friend at Upstate University Hospital

December 23rd, 2015 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

Upstate University Hospital

Upstate University Hospital

The Background

Two media outlets report that 35-year-old Kari Storrings, a mother of three, gave a kidney to one of her best friends, Anthony Torrillo (age 32), at Upstate University Hospital on December 18.

  • Kari lives in Clay, NY, and Anthony resides in Baldwinsville, NY.
  • Anthony first experienced problems with his kidneys when he was a year old. He was diagnosed with cancer in both kidneys.
  • When Anthony was three, doctors performed surgery, leaving him with half a kidney.
  • Since then, he lived with one quarter of a kidney and was on kidney dialysis.
  • When Anthony needed a kidney transplant and his friend stepped forward, he was fortunate: The average waiting time for a kidney is around five years.

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Livingston County’s Push for More Organ Donor Registrations

November 29th, 2015 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

WROC-TV/News 8’s  Jordan Guerrein reports that county leaders across New York State are raising awareness about organ donation. The collaboration is between the New York Alliance for Donation and the State Association of Counties.

Livingston County is the first to participate in the campaign, which is called Working Together, Working for Life.

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Ron Nelson Spends Thanksgiving in the Hospital, Waiting for a New Heart

November 26th, 2015 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

Report by Cristina Domingues
Time Warner Cable News in Rochester, NY

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends, a time to take in all we are grateful for. But, there are some families spending the holiday in the hospital.

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