Passavant Area Hospital is honoring all organ, eye and tissue donors nationwide by dedicating a rose that will join thousands of others in the Dedication Garden on the Donate Life Tournament of Roses Parade Float that will travel the streets of Pasadena, Calif., tomorrow during the annual Parade.
Each rose is dedicated by a person or organization and placed in a vial that carries a unique, personal message of love, hope and remembrance and honors donors, recipients and others touched by organ, eye and tissue donation. Together, thousands of these roses create a Dedication Garden that is a featured design element on the Donate Life Tournament of Roses Parade Float that appears in the Tournament of Roses Parade, an annual event watched by tens of millions of people in the United States and worldwide each New Year’s Day.
This year, hospital executives from across the country have been asked to dedicate roses and submit personal messages on behalf of their facilities in a campaign orchestrated by the Donate Life Tournament of Roses Parade Committee, American Hospital Association, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and Eye Bank Association of America.
Passavant President and CEO Chester A. Wynn wrote the following rose dedication message on behalf on his hospital: “I would like to express our deepest gratitude to our donors and their families. We honor and remember you for your generosity and compassion for others.” A rose with that message will be among the thousands of others placed in the Donate Life Tournament of Roses Parade Float’s Dedication Garden.
Since January, Passavant staff members have worked with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, the organization that coordinates the recovery and placement of organs and tissue in Illinois, to recover corneas from seven selfless donors, offering the gift of sight to 10 people.