December 26, 2019 – When you’re living with a life-threatening
health condition and in need of an organ transplant, an organ donor can
be a shining light in the darkness. That’s why Southeast Georgia
Health System is pleased to partner with LifeLink® of Georgia to honor
and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
On January 1, 2020, the Donate Life Rose Parade® Float, titled Light
in the Darkness, will include a dedication garden made up of roses with
handwritten dedications by hospital CEO’s across the country, including
one signed by
Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System. The 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.
“Organ donation offers hope for a longer life, and a single donor
can potentially make a difference in as many as 75 lives,” says
Scherneck. “Organ, eye, and tissue donation is often the first spark
of light grieving families see when in their darkest of moments. It becomes
an opportunity to honor their loved ones’ legacy and provides hope
and light to both grieving donor families and grateful recipients.”
Scherneck adds, “With this rose dedication, Southeast Georgia Health
System publically recognizes our staff’s dedication and commitment
to organ and tissue donation. We are pleased to be part of this celebration
of life watched by millions on New Year’s Day.”
This year’s Rose Parade theme, The Power of Hope, honors the opportunity
to look beyond challenges of the moment and light a path to a brighter
future. The 2020 Donate Life float, Light in the Darkness, shares the
Power of Hope by highlighting Southeast Asia’s Diwali, or the Festival
of Lights, a celebration of light shining in the darkness.
Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade
float is 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.
Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history.
For more information or to register your donation decision, visit
www.DonateLifeGeorgia.org. You may also register when obtaining or renewing a driver license or
state identification card.