Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency and hospital partners to honor donation at Rose Parade

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency and hospital partners to honor donation at Rose Parade
This is a news release from Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

 The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be partnering with Mississippi hospitals to recognize organ and tissue donors and recipients from Mississippi on the Donate Life Rose Parade float on January 1st, 2015, in Pasadena, California.

MORA representatives and select hospital partners are dedicating Donate Life Roses to be placed on the Donate Life float entry in the 2015 Rose Parade presented by Honda. Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique message of love, hope and remembrance, and honors donors, recipients, and others who have been touched by organ and tissue donation. The theme for the 2015 Rose Parade is “Inspiring Stories” and this year's Donate Life float is titled The Never-Ending Story, symbolizing the enduring power of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. This is the 12th year Donate Life America has entered a float into the Rose Parade. The 2015 Rose Parade, the 126th edition of the parade itself, will be shown on multiple television networks in the United States and seen by millions more on television worldwide in more than 100 international territories and countries.

 “We are humbled and extremely honored to participate in the Donate Life float tradition,” said Kellie Wier, the Director of Hospital Development for MORA. “The float symbolizes the commitment of many others to saving and improving lives through donation. It also represents the hope that donation brings to those in need of a miracle- a miracle only a donor can provide.”  

You can find out more about the Donate Life float and its history on-line at www.DonateLifeFloat.org.

At present, more than 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 18 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org