Centerpoint Medical Center will join hospitals and transplant centers from 17 states, as well as funeral homes from 19 states, to honor organ and tissue donors and their families with dedicated roses on the Donate Life float in the 2011 Rose Parade. Each of the nearly 1,500 roses sponsored by these organizations will have tags with messages of love, hope and remembrance on their vials.
Centerpoint Medical Center’s Medical Staff is donating 63 roses for the float in recognition of the facility’s 2010 organ and tissue donors and their families.
“We are honored to recognize the tremendous gift given by members of our community,” says Dr. Arthur Brock, III, MD, Medical Staff President, Centerpoint Medical Center. “Organ and tissue donations save many lives each year. In addition to this recognition on January 1, the hospital will present a duplicate rose to each of our donor families during our annual memorial ceremony in April.”
Individuals and organizations may dedicate roses online by visiting the Family Circle section on the Donate Life Rose Parade float website, www.donatelifefloat.org. Individual dedications are made with a $30 charitable contribution to support the Donate Life float’s national campaign. A projected 1,500 roses submitted by individuals will bring the float’s total to nearly 3,000 dedicated roses. Donate Life’s eighth Rose Parade float entry, themed “Seize the Day!” features colorful kites adorned with 60 memorial “floragraph” portraits of deceased donors. On New Year’s Day, three of the 30 riders will be given the honor of leading the float on its five-mile journey to guide the kites into flight.
Organ and tissue donations save and heal hundreds of thousands of people each year in the U.S. alone. Today, more than 109,000 candidates are on the national organ transplant waiting list. Largely due to the rarity of circumstances that allow for deceased organ donation, only about 28,000 organs are transplanted each year. As a result, 18 candidates die each day for lack of a donor. A single donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation, while a single tissue donor can save and heal 50 others through needed heart valves, corneas, skin, bone and tendons that prevent or cure blindness, heal burns and save limbs.
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, Rose Bowl Game® and various associated events. The 122nd Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories, will take place Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the parade, the 97th Rose Bowl Game will kick off at 2:10 p.m. 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 please visit tournamentofroses.com.
For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit donatelifefloat.org. For more information about how hospitals can dedicate roses in the Family Circle Garden, visit the Family Circle section of the Donate Life float Web site.