Happy New Year everyone! WOW, what a year 2014 was… So many amazing memories we’ve all shared celebrating the gift of life, honoring our loved ones and sharing stories with our community. Our NJ Sharing Network family has grown to be so HUGE and all I can say is “How lucky am I to belong to such a wonderful group of people!” I mean really… where else can you find so many dedicated and compassionate people in one place? Thank you all for being so special.
As you may know, the Donate Life Float will represent the gift of life through organ and tissue donation in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Start off the New Year in an exciting way and tune in! This year, there are six families in Pasadena, California with a connection to NJ Sharing Network. Organ and tissue donors will be honored on the Donate Life Float, while recipients and living donors will ride or walk alongside it. The honorees are:
• Joseph D’Addio saved two lives and enhanced the lives of over 80 others as an organ and tissue donor. Joe’s floragraph will be on the float.
• Joe DiSanto received a heart transplant at 11 years old and will be riding on the float in the parade.
• Reenie Harris donated a kidney to a complete stranger and will be walking alongside the float with other living donors.
• Riley Kogen saved the lives of two people as an organ donor and her floragraph will be on the float.
• Melissa Mercado was only six weeks old when she saved the lives of two people. Her floragraph will be on the float.
• Anthony Rizzo saved five lives and gave the gift of sight to two others as an organ and tissue donor. His floragraph will also be on the float.
Here’s what you need to know:
• The telecast of the 126th Annual Rose Parade on January 1, 2015 will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
• The Rose Parade will air on several networks, including ABC, NBC, HGTV and the Hallmark Channel. Please check your local broadcast listings for more information.
• The Donate Life Float will be 25th in the lineup.
• The theme of the 2015 Donate Life Float is “The Never-Ending Story.” It reflects the compassion, courage and life-changing experiences of organ, eye and tissue donors and recipients. The Donate Life Float also reflects the overall parade theme, “Inspiring Stories,” which encourages everyone to celebrate the many people who elevate the human spirit.
Don’t forget to tune in, and if you won’t be home to check it out, be sure to have a friend DVR it!! 😉
Thanks to everyone who made 2014 so spectacular! Here’s to an even better 2015!