Legacy of SC Teen Shines on National Stage at Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA

Donor Hero Keegan Johnson was recently honored at the 2022 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and reporter Robert Morales with Pasadena Star-News shares Keegan’s family’s stories, memories, and thoughts.

Above: Allison Johnson Miller, center, whose 17-year-old son, Keegan Johnson is remembered on the Rose Parade donor float, poses with her extended family from South Carolina on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Pasadena. From left, Wesley Lindner, Sadie Lindner, 13, Jennifer Lindner, Ranger Lindner, 7, Allison Johnson Miller, Hudson Lindner, 11, Joey Miller, Kayden Miller, 16, Kamdyn Miller, 13, and Lisa Gruenthal. Left: Keegan Johnson. (Images via


The difference one person can make is astounding – because of Keegan’s selflessness, four people’s lives have been saved and members of his family have registered to become organ donors. Keegan’s mother, Allison Johnson Miller, recalls their conversation leading up to his registration as a donor:

“When we went to the DMV, Keegan just kind of looked at me and I told him, ‘This is your choice, it’s totally up to you,’ And his words were, ‘Well, what do I need them for when I’m gone?’And he’s right. If you can help somebody and give somebody their family back, then why not.” – Allison Johnson Miller, Keegan’s mom

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