Stockbridge, Ga. (November 8, 2013) – In an effort to increase awareness and show support for organ and tissue donation, Piedmont Henry Hospital has donated a rose vial to LifeLink Georgia that will be part of the national organ donor float in the 2014 Rose Parade.
The Donate Life float is part of a 10-year tradition in which organizations come together in support of organ and tissue donation at the Rose Parade. It is decorated with a “Dedication Garden” filled with thousands of roses, each in a vial carrying a personal message from an individual, family or organization.
“As of today, there are nearly 121,000 people across the United States waiting for an organ transplant,” said Charlie Scott, president and CEO of Piedmont Henry. “It is important to recognize the role we, as a member of the Piedmont Healthcare system that has a renowned transplant program, play in raising awareness about organ and tissue donation. That’s why we support the Donate Life Rose Parade float.”
The 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade float will feature a festival of lanterns illuminating 30 organ and tissue transplant recipients. Additionally, there will be 12 living organ donors walking alongside the float and five giant lamps adorned with memorial portraits of deceased donors.
For more information about living organ donation and transplantation, visit piedmonttransplant.org.