Donate Life Rose Parade Float to Honor LifeGift Donor
On Jan. 1, 2015, Dakota Johnston, an 8-year-old organ donor from the Fort Worth area, will be honored on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, "Never-ending Story." Dakota's floragraph, a portrait made of all natural materials, will adorn the float, along with 71others from across the country. The CBS affiliate in Fort Worth captured the Johnston family making final touches to Dakota's floragraph at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park, a Dignity Memorial funeral home. LifeGift is grateful to Dignity Memorial for sponsoring the Johnston family, as well as the family of John McDavid, also an organ donor from the Houston area.
Here is a link to the Channel 11 story on Dakota Johnston:
Since 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has served as a memorial to organ and tissue donors and a platform for donor families, living donors and transplant recipients to inspire the world to save and heal those in need through the gift of life. The 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float entry features 60 beautiful butterflies – one for each life that can be transformed by a single deceased donor – emerging from an open book. 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 are 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.
Watch for the Donate Life Rose Parade Float during the parade on New Year's Day.