Donate Life California Announces 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float Floragraph Honoree
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013 – Donate Life California announces Joshua Christopher San Pedro as its 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float floragraph honoree. Josh’s image will shine brightly as one of the 81 memorial floragraphs that will “Light Up the World” on the 11th annual Donate Life Float. Each year, floragraph portraits on the float honor the gifts of life given by deceased organ and tissue donors.
Josh became a tissue donor after he passed away suddenly on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the age of 22. He had signed up to give the gift of life after the gift of tissue helped him recover from a knee injury suffered while playing football at Alta Loma High School. Joshua underwent three operations including a knee cap replacement from an allograft. Because of the gift he received, Joshua wanted to give back. He did so by registering to be an organ and tissue donor, and later working as an EMT and attending paramedic school.
After Joshua’s decision to be a donor was honored, his family soon learned that his donated tissue was used in the breast reconstruction for a breast cancer survivor, to preserve a limb for a bone cancer patient, and in the healing of a cleft palate.
Of Joshua, his family says, “Even if his time here was short, he did so much good. It is not the length of our days, but how they are spent, and Josh spent his well.” Read more about Joshua here.
The Rose Parade is seen by tens of millions of people across the U.S. and around the world on New Year’s Day. To read about all of the floragraph memorials on the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade float, click here. To read the full news release, click here.
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