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56 Honorees from 17 States Will Be Featured on 2024 ‘Donate Life’ Rose Parade Float

Published on Thursday, December 28, 2023 | 3:08 pm
 

Donate Life, OneLegacy’s float in the 2024 Rose Parade, will be showcasing 56 honorees representing 17 states across the U.S. on New Year’s Day, emphasizing America’s Donate Life celebration.

This year’s participants span ages from 3 to 78 years old and will converge in Pasadena to be part of this 135-year-old tradition.

The float will feature a diverse group, including four walkers who are living donors, 18 riders comprising organ and tissue recipients, and 34 floragraphs honoring deceased donors. The participants are notable individuals from various backgrounds and locations, bringing their stories of resilience and generosity to the forefront.

One standout element of the 2024 float is the inclusion of living donors who will walk alongside it, a significant addition in the history of the OneLegacy Donate Life float. This year, a special group of dancers from the Hopi Tribe will lead the procession, performing the traditional Hopi Butterfly Dance in full regalia.

Among the honorees are Celeste Rodriguez, Mayor of the City of San Fernando, who donated to her brother, and Sened Isaac, a film and TV producer from Los Angeles, who gave a kidney to her sister, Bana Isaac, who’s also riding on the float.

The 18 riders include individuals like Leslie Pridgen, widely known as Freeway, a hip hop artist and kidney recipient from Philadelphia, and Chloe Temtchine, a recording artist and double lung recipient from Los Angeles.

Thirty-four deceased donors will be honored through floragraphs adorning the float, memorializing their invaluable contribution through organ, eye, and tissue donation. These portraits, crafted using organic materials, serve as a poignant reminder of the donors’ lasting impact.

The production of the OneLegacy Donate Life Rose Parade float is made possible through the collaboration of numerous sponsors, including local entities from Pasadena, underlining the community’s support for this cause.

Various iterations of the Donate Life float have been seen over the years as the world’s most visible platform for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation. Like all the others in the past, the 2024 float aims to inspire viewers to join the over one million people in need of transplants annually.

For more information about organ donation, visit www.onelegacy.org/wp/.

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