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Rose Parade Honors the Gift of Life
Date:12/10/2008

ated with organic materials including flowers. The float itself will carry more than 1,000 roses with personal messages of love, gratitude and hope to a donor, recipient or transplant candidate.

Sadly, almost 100,000 people in the U.S. await a life-saving organ transplant, and more than 28,000 lives are saved each year through organ donation. Daily, almost 20 people die waiting for the organs needed to save their lives.

According to Nebraska Organ Recovery System spokesperson Stephanie Lochmiller, organ donation creates a lasting impact, far beyond the surgical procedure itself. In Matthew and Lily's case, two families that were once unknown to each other have bonded in deep friendship. In fact, Milt and Janet attended Lily's wedding this past summer.

"Losing a child is extremely difficult," says Milt Bemis. "Talk with your family now about organ donation - make your wishes known. Celebrating this cause on the Rose Parade float is a beautiful way to educate the public, and a proven way to save lives."

Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) is the federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) for Nebraska and Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Formed in 1977, NORS is a not-for-profit agency independent of any hospital or transplant center. For information visit

www.donatelifefloat.org.


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