South Carolinian & organ donor represented in the Rose Bowl Parade

One thousand. That’s the number of South Carolinians currently on the list to receive an organ transplant.

Ten minutes. That’s how often another person is added to the organ donation waiting list.

Beginning in September at the SCMA/SCHA Trustees, Administrators, and Physicians (TAP) Conference, South Carolina hospitals and health systems honored donors from their hospital while also supporting organ, eye, and tissue donation. These health system leaders signed a rose vial for the 2016 Donate Life Tournament of Roses Parade Float Dedication Garden. The rose vials will hold a flower which will be included on the 2016 float, “Treasure Life’s Journey.”

Thank you to these South Carolina hospitals for being first honor organ, eye, and tissue donors.

  • AnMed Health Medical Center
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital
  • Cannon Memorial Hospital
  • Clarendon Memorial Hospital
  • Coastal Carolina Hospital
  • Conway Medical Center
  • Fairfield Memorial Hospital
  • GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital
  • GHS Oconee Memorial Hospital
  • Greenville Memorial Hospital
  • Greer Memorial Hospital
  • Hillcrest Memorial Hospital
  • Mary Black Health System - Spartanburg
  • Newberry County Memorial Hospital
  • Palmetto Health Richland
  • Pelham Medical Center
  • Regional Medical Center
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care
  • Springs Memorial Hospital
  • Tidelands - GMH/WCH
  • Tuomey Medical Center
  • Union Medical Center

The rose vials from hospital leaders and a floragraph (floral portrait) in memory of Sharon Schultz Lucas will be featured on the Donate Life float at the Tournament of Roses parade.

Ms. Lucas was a joyful South Carolinian, known for her laugh and as a longtime blood donor. In 2006 her daughter, Megan, was killed in an automobile accident. At the urging of Sharon, Megan’s tissues were donated. Tragically, Sharon also lost her life after a motorcycle accident in 2014. She too became an organ, eye, and tissue donor to help others in need.  Her liver saved the life of a South Carolina woman who Lucas family met for the first time earlier this month at a dedication ceremony.

Ms. Lucas will be one of 60 donors memorialized on the Donate Life float. To find out more, visit or

12-29-2015 03:40 (EST)