Tue, January 1, 2019
WellStar Health System has partnered with LifeLink of Georgia to honor and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
On Jan. 1, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float titled, Rhythm of the Heart, included a dedication garden made up of roses with handwritten dedications by hospital CEOs across the country, including Candice Saunders, CEO of WellStar Health System, alongside dedications celebrating transplant recipients and living donors, honoring deceased donors, and thanking individuals and groups who support and take part in the donation and transplantation community.
Presidents from all 11 WellStar hospitals signed the vials, including WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Cobb Hospital, WellStar Douglas Hospital, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, WellStar Paulding Hospital, WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital, WellStar West Georgia Hospital and WellStar Windy Hill Hospital.
“With this rose dedication, WellStar publicly recognizes our staff’s dedication and commitment to organ and tissue donation,” Saunders said. “We are excited to be part of this celebration of life watched by millions on New Year’s Day.”
Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ and tissue donors. In addition to the 40 million viewers who watch the Rose Parade on TV and along the parade route, hundreds of events are held in cities and towns around the country to complete the “floragraphs” or floral portraits of donors that adorn the float.
There are also dedicated roses placed by don
nor families, transplant recipients and candidates, hospitals, transplant centers and organ, tissue and eye recovery organizations nationwide that create floral jewels that ornament the base of the float. Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique, personal message of love, hope and remembrance, and honors donors, recipients, and others who have been touched by organ and tissue donation.
For more information, visit www.DonateLifeGeorgia.org.