Monday, January 5, 2009

Donate Life Float

Did you get to watch the Rose Parade? What a beautiful float! The float was titled, "Stars of Life". This theme was chosen because "donors and recipients of organs are true stars of life - real life stars who make the gift of life an inspiring story of courage, compassion, hope, and renewal." The float featured 34 gold star floragraph depictions, white stars representing those touched by donation, and transparent stars symbolizing those in need of donation. The large orange and yellow stars at the front of the float carried more than 1000 dedicated roses, each containing a personal message of love, gratitude, and hope to a donor, recipient, or candidate in need of a life-saving transplant. Each name and message was read in a public ceremony before the rose was placed in its individual vial. The float also won the Queen's Trophy for most effective use and display of roses in concept, design, and presentation. When I watched the parade, the float made me cry. Not sure why, I think it was just the fact that someone wanted to honor our little girl like that and her name was read to thousands.

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