Providence Honors Organ and Tissue Donors and Families at Annual Rose Dedication Ceremony

October 30, 2013

The three Providence Medical Centers in the San Fernando Valley, in collaboration with OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving the Greater Los Angeles Area, will honor organ and tissue donors and their families at a Donate Life Rose Ceremony to be held Monday, Nov. 4, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

The Donate Life Rose Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Our Lady of Sorrow Chapel, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. The annual gathering welcomes families of deceased donors served by Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Tarzana and Providence Holy Cross medical centers.

At the event, representatives of the hospitals will thank each family for their loved ones’ life-saving and healing gifts of organs and tissue by presenting them with a dedicated rose to be placed on the Donate Life float in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. The families will write personal messages tagged onto flower vials to be placed in a rose dedication garden on Donate Life’s float.

“This is a beautiful and uplifting ceremony to thank donors and their families for breaking through their own grief to save the lives of others,” said Michael Rembis, chief executive, Providence Saint Joseph. “Our donor families make it possible to save lives or vastly improve the lives of the sick and injured who receive donor organs and tissues.”

Providence joins more than 140 organizations and hundreds of individuals nationwide who will contribute dedicated roses to the Donate Life float, themed “Light Up the World.” The 11th Donate Life Rose Parade float entry features a festival of lanterns illuminating 30 riders – all grateful organ and tissue transplant recipients – and 12 living organ donors walking alongside to demonstrate their ongoing vitality. The float’s five enormous lanterns will be adorned with 72 memorial flora-graph portraits of deceased donors whose legacies of life shine brightly.

The Donate Life Rose Ceremony will feature several guest speakers, among them a transplant recipient, a donor family member and Providence medical centers’ leaders.

During the event, each donor family will be handed two rose vials with a special tag where the family can write a personal message to their loved one. One vial will be kept by the family as a memento, while the other will make its journey to Pasadena, where the vial, carrying a fresh rose, will be ceremonially placed on the Donate Life float a few days before the 125th Rose Parade, which will be held on January 1, 2014.

“We are deeply grateful to donors and their families for their generous decision to help others in need,” said Bryan Stewart, Donate Life Float Committee chairman and OneLegacy’s vice president of communications. “It is our privilege to present hospitals and families an opportunity to honor donors in such a meaningful way as part of this national celebration of the gift of life.”

OneLegacy is the federally designated, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. Since 2004, OneLegacy has coordinated the annual Donate Life Rose Parade Float campaign in collaboration with donation and transplant organizations nationwide.

For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit the official float website at www.donatelifefloat.org.