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The Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade Floragraph Finishing Ceremony
November 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Orlando, FL – November 14, 2017 – On Sunday, November 19, friends and family members of Brooke Dawkins will gather in the gymnasium of Boone High School to honor Brooke’s legacy and to complete the floragraph picture of Brooke that will adorn the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float on January 1st in Pasadena, California.
This year’s float entry, The Gift of Time, reflects the parade’s theme of Making a Difference by celebrating the power of kindness and the generous acts of people throughout the world, who are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Perhaps no act is more emblematic of this than becoming an organ or tissue donor: a single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and tissue. In 2014, Brooke saved four lives through organ donation and provided sight to two cornea recipients.
Brooke was a graduate of Boone High School, so the location of Sunday’s floragraph finishing ceremony has special meaning for the Dawkins family. As a student at UCF, Brooke was active with her Kappa Delta sorority and majored in advertising.
“We are grateful that we were able to honor Brooke’s wish to be an organ donor,” said Chris Dawkins, Brooke’s father. “Brooke’s goal was to ‘Go Make a Difference.’ Her gifts will live on and we urge the community to help us celebrate her precious gifts by joining us at the finishing ceremony this Sunday.”
The Gift of Time float depicts a vibrantly colored, tropical backdrop that dates back to the ancient civilizations of Mexico. The monumental Aztec calendar draws the eye to the center of the float, where 44 donors are honored with floragraphs. This ancient calendar is a reminder of the enduring, life-saving power of the generosity of donors and families. Alongside the float, eight living donors and recipients will carry baskets of fruit and flowers in celebration of the renewed life they have shared with one another and the world. The beauty, richness, and potential of life is represented by the vivid flock of macaws perched over the lush floral canopies, ready to take flight. Only organic materials, such as spices, seeds, and crushed flowers, are used to create floragraphs.
“TransLife is honored to share Brooke’s story with the world through this floragraph and the Donate Life Rose Parade Float,” said Ginny McBride, TransLife’s Executive Director. “Brooke’s legacy is continuing to impact people today and inspiring them to register themselves as organ and tissue donors. That’s the definition of a real hero.”
The finishing ceremony will take place at Boone High School on November 19th at 3 p.m. The public and media are invited to attend.