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Published on January 04, 2017

Saint Mary’s Hospital President Signs Vial for 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade Float

Polynesian Catamaran Celebrates Organ Donors and Recipients as “Teammates in Life”

Rose Bowl VialWATERBURY, Conn. (January 4, 2017) ─ Chad W. Wable, FACHE, President of Saint Mary’s Hospital, signed a rose vial in December that was placed on the Donate Life Rose Parade float in the 2017 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California, on January 2, 2017. Wable inscribed the vial with a simple but important message on behalf of the hospital: “We’re proud to support organ donation.”

This year’s Donate Life float featured the theme “Teammates in Life” and was the recipient of the “Theme Trophy.” The trophy was awarded for excellence in presenting the parade theme, “Echoes of Success,” which celebrated the people and places whose selfless contributions have helped others achieve success, event organizers said.

As described by Donate Life, the 2017 float depicted a spectacular Polynesian catamaran, propelled by a team of 24 organ, eye and tissue transplant recipients rowing in unison with strength gained from their donors. The sails of the vessel featured 60 floral portraits of donors interwoven with Polynesian designs and patterns. “Just as the donors’ gifts empower the lives of others, the sails help power the catamaran on its journey,” Donate Life said.

Twelve living donors walked alongside the float carrying flowers in celebration of the life they gave to others and the quality of life they continue to enjoy themselves. The float’s ocean waves showcased 1,000 white Akito roses, individually dedicated in memory of specific donors. The thousands of roses and other flowers displayed on the float were each held in a vial of water like the one signed by Wable.

In the United States today there are over 123,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ, and hundreds of thousands more whose lives could be healed through eye and tissue transplantation. A single organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and heal as many as 100 more. Anyone can register when renewing a driver’s license or state ID, or by visiting www.donatelifeamerica.org. Further information about the Donate Life float, decorating, and facts about donation and transplantation can be found at www.donatelifefloat.org

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