We Are Sharing Hope SC, the organ and tissue recovery service for our state, is offering South Carolina hospitals the opportunity to once again join with hospitals across the nation to be a part of the 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade Float. The float honors organ, eye and tissue donor heroes for their “gift of life” while showcasing the miracle of transplantation through recipients. One important and visual part of the annual Donate Life float design is a “Dedication Garden” filled with thousands of roses, each placed in a vial carrying a unique, personal message from an individual, family or organization. To show appreciation for hospitals’ continued support of donation and transplantation, We Are Sharing Hope SC is making it possible for South Carolina CEOs to personally sign a dedication on a rose vial to be placed in the garden. By participating, your hospital will join in a meaningful tribute that reverently celebrates your role as a vital collaborative partner in the organ and tissue donation process.
To help increase awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and show the partnership between hospitals and Sharing Hope SC, we ask for a photo of your CEO signing the rose vial. All hospital photos will be shared on our social media pages in December. Photos will also be made available to participating hospitals to share on their social media sites.
The rose vials from South Carolina hospitals in the “Dedication Garden” are a part of South Carolina’s bigger and continuing involvement with the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. We Are Sharing Hope SC and Donate Life South Carolina will also honor a teenager who died in 2015 and became an organ, eye and tissue donor hero to many. With the assistance of a grant from Bridge to Life, the donor hero’s parents will go to Pasadena, California to view the parade and take part in the Donate Life Rose Parade Celebration. In addition, a tissue recipient from South Carolina who was severely burned in an auto accident has been selected to ride on the float by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
A team member from We Are Sharing Hope will be following up and offering the opportunity to sign a rose vial and take a photo. For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade CEO Rose Vial Program, please contact Mark Johnson, We Are Sharing Hope SC Media Relations Coordinator at JohnsonM@SharingHopeSC.org or 843-763-7755. The deadline to return the vials is November 12, 2018.