Donate Life Rose Parade Float Prepares to Journey Down Colorado Boulevard

On New Year’s Day 2016, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, “Treasure Life’s Journey,” will make its way down Colorado Boulevard, representing the more than 120 million registered organ, eye and tissue donors across the United States.

Like an oasis discovered amidst a caravan’s journey across the desert, organ, eye and tissue donation saves lives, renews hope and sustains people, families and communities.

The float will feature a colorful caravan with 60 donor medal-inspired floragraphs, including one of Ian Heidemann, an organ, eye, tissue and hand donor from Fort Worth. CryoLife, one of LifeGift’s tissue-recovery partners, is sponsoring Ian’s floragraph and the opportunity for his parents to attend the parade festivities. 

Twenty-four float riders continue to share in life’s adventures through the gift of organ and tissue donation. Among those riders will be Monica Burnom, a kidney recipient from Houston. Donate Life Texas is sponsoring Monica and her mother, who incidentally works for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Sixteen living donors will walk beside the float, carrying provisions of fruit accented with flowers, symbolizing the life-sustaining gifts that have been given. And dedicated roses placed by families will create floral jewels that ornament the base of the float. 

The 127th Rose Parade, presented by Honda, themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at 8 a.m. PST, featuring majestic floral floats. Following the parade, the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO is slated at 1:30 p.m. PST, featuring a match between two of the top collegiate football teams in the nation. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses, please visit the official website at

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