Since 2004, the Donate Life Rose Pa-rade float has inspired people across the country and around the world to save and heal lives with the powerful message of organ, eye and tissue donation—transforming our communities through caring and generosity.
“Participating with Donate Life America on behalf of Hawthorne is the highlight of my year,” said Councilmember Haidar Awad, “I’m proud to do my part to bring awareness to the gift of life through organ donation.”
Families of deceased donors are honored to see their loved ones’ floral images featured on the float, while living donors and recipients bring the float to life by walking beside and riding on the float. This year’s parade theme, The Power of Hope, honors the opportunity to look beyond challenges of the moment and light a path to a brighter future.
This year’s float is named Light in the Darkness and shares the Power of Hope by highlighting Southeast Asia’s Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, a celebration of light shining in darkness.
“One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people,” says Councilmember Awad, “and on average, one tissue donor can enhance the lives of up to 75 people with the gift of life.”
Organ, eye, and tissue donation is often the first spark of light families see when in their darkest of moments, the opportunity to honor their loved ones’ legacy provides hope and light to both grieving donor families and grateful recipients. I urge everyone to consider adding organ donor to your drivers license
As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, the Donate Life Rose Parade float inspires viewers to save and heal more than one million people in need of organ, eye and tissue transplants each year.