Largo Medical Center is pleased to announce that on January 1, 2020, the Donate Life Rose Parade® Float titled, Light in the Darkness, included a dedication garden made up of roses with handwritten dedications by hospital CEO's across the country including Adam Rudd, Largo Medical Center's Chief Executive Officer. Dedications celebrate transplant recipients and living donors, honor deceased donors, and thank individuals and groups who support and take part in the donation and transplantation community.
"With this rose dedication, Largo Medical Center recognizes our staff's dedication and commitment to organ and tissue donation." said Rudd. "We are excited to be part of this celebration of life watched annually 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" (floral portraits) of donors that adorn the float.
Dedicated roses placed by donor families, transplant recipients and candidates, hospitals, transplant centers and organ, tissue and eye recovery organizations nationwide created floral jewels across the base of the float. Each dedicated rose was 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 the thousands of Floridians listed for a life-saving transplant, organ donation offers hope for a longer life. Light in the Darkness is a theme that speaks to the gift of hope that organ, eye, and tissue donation provides to donors, families, and recipients. Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history; a single donor can save eight lives through organ donation and improve the lives of nearly 75 people through tissue donation. Visit Donate Life Florida to register your donation decision. You may also register when obtaining or renewing a driver license or state identification card.