Last week was an amazing time for organ and tissue donation advocates across the country and throughout the world. Donate Life organizations partnered to build and enter the “One More Day” Donate Life Float in the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade. The float generated hundreds of donation related stories in the media and showed the estimated 70 million people watching the Rose Parade that organ and tissue donation saves lives.
This year’s Rose Parade was an especially significant event for organ and tissue donation advocates here in Illinois. The Donate Life Float featured two riders who call the great state of Illinois home. Alex Rodriguez, of Cicero, was sponsored by Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network riding in honor of his brother Francisco “Paco” Rodriguez. The second rider, Linda Henning, resides in Crossville and was sponsored by Donor Alliance of Denver, Colorado. Linda rode in honor of her son, Marc, a former cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Both Alex and Linda spent their time in Pasadena building awareness for organ and tissue donation and networking with donor families and recipients from across the United States. It was truly an amazing time to honor loved ones, make life-long connections, and celebrate the “Gift of Life” that is organ and tissue donation.
If you would like to learn more about the Donate Life Float and the Rose Parade, check out the links to news stories and resources at the bottom of this post. To see more pictures of our Illinois float riders, visit the Donate Life Illinois Facebook Page or go to the Donate Life Float Media Center.
National Media Surrounding the Donate Life Float
Regional Coverage of Illinois riders and honorees
Visit the Donate Life Facebook Page for photos of the Illinois riders and honorees.
Go to DonateLifeFloat.org for more information on the Donate Life Float.
Register your decision to save lives through organ and tissue donation at DonateLifeIllinois.org!