LifeGift to Honor Rylen Cowan in 2020 Rose Parade
Rylen Quinn Cowan, affectionately known as Smilin’ Rylen, will be one of 70 honorees at the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Cowan family attended a LifeGift ceremony to decorate Rylen's floragraph to appear on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. The annual Donate Life America Rose Parade float is one of the most visible campaigns to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation.
A floragraph is a portrait created with floral and other organic materials such as spices or seeds, which will appear on the Donate Life America Rose Parade Float. The floragraph ceremony is held in advance of the parade and provides the family with the opportunity to honor their loved one in the decoration of the floragraph. Rylen’s parents joined LifeGift’s leadership to complete the decoration of the floragraph created by Donate Life volunteers. It was a very special and emotional ceremony as Rylen’s parents personally decorated the eyebrows on their son Rylen’s floragraph. Please click here to view the ABC 13 Media Story.
Rylen earned his angel wings on June 5th, 2017, at the age of only 13.5 months old, after a battle with bacterial meningitis. Rylen’s family knew right away that they would be blessed with the opportunity to have him donate his organs, so he could live on through others. Rylen’s “Gifts of Life” were able to save five lives through organ donation. To learn more about the Cowans, please click here.
View the Donate Life float at the 131st 2020 Rose Parade here.