Donor Mom, Allison Johnson Miller and SC Donor Hero, Keegan Johnson

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> Celebrating SC Donor Hero

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“You don’t know me, but I knew Keegan,” is a phrase Keegan’s family hears often. A young man with a legacy so incredible, it pours across the nation like that of a winter sunset. He was larger-than-life with a contagious smile. At 17-years old, Keegan became the hero he was always meant to be, saving four lives by donating five organs. Today, his loved ones continue to celebrate him by all registering as organ, eye, and tissue donors and educating anyone willing to listen on the importance of saying “YES” to the gift of life. Keegan reminds us of what it means to love fiercely and give graciously. He was always meant to shine on a grand platform… it is only fitting that his beautiful smile adorns the 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade float, inspiring millions. Thank you to our partner in donation, Bridge to Life, for making this opportunity possible.

Click here to learn more about the 2022 Rose Bowl Parade.

“The 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade® float, Courage to Hope, shares the courage shown by donor families, living donors, and waiting recipients.

Since 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade® float has inspired people across the country and around the world to save and heal lives with the powerful message of organ, eye, and tissue donation. The 2022 Rose Parade theme, Dream. Believe. Achieve., celebrates education’s ability to open doors, open minds, and change lives.

The 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade® float, Courage to Hope, shares the courage shown by donor families, living donors, and waiting recipients, represented by the winged lion of Piazza San Marco (or Saint Mark’s Square) in Venice, Italy. The majestic lion holds a book that represents the knowledge that both donor families and grateful recipients share about the importance of saying “YES” to donation. Organ, eye, and tissue donation offers hope to donor families, who in the midst of losing a loved one, see the chance to believe their loved ones’ gifts will help save others. At the same time, those waiting to receive a lifesaving organ have the dream and the courage to hope that a donor will become available, to restore their health and change their lives. They can now achieve their life’s goals, all thanks to their donors.

The float features stylized Venetian colonnades, inspired by the Palazzo Ducale or Doges’ Palace in Venice. These ornate porticos will be adorned with memorial floral portraits,

honoring the gift of life and hope given by organ, eye and tissue donors. Venice’s quintessential gondolas will carry organ, eye, and tissue recipients, as they continue sailing in their life journey, thanks to their donors’ gifts. Living donors and recipients will walk alongside the float. A lush dedication garden features individually dedicated roses and will complete the beautiful Venetian scene, along with blue and white waves, representing the flowing Venice canals.”

—Donate Life America

“Once I got my new kidney…I realized, OH! This is what feeling good feels like!” says Everett German, Kidney Recipient.

“I am the language of hope,” says Edelena Butler, Public Education Coordinator! Say YES to donation today!

We are honoring the gift of life and creating a culture of hope by saying YES to organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Edelena smiling while holding sign and quote "As a black woman and a person of faith, I SAID YES!"
Rev. Williams proudly holding sign over head and quote "As a black man, a Baptist paster and kidney recipient, I SAID YES!"
Rev. Hurston smiling while sitting on a bench holding a sign and quote, "As a black woman, an educator and an AME paster, I SAID YES!"
Miriam and young son smiling while holding Donate Life banner and quote, "As a black woman and mother of a heart recipient, I SAID YES!"

> A Personal Decision

EducationistheKeytoSavingLives

The Public Education team at We Are Sharing Hope SC is committed to investing in the community, answering questions and inspiring others to make their donation decision known.

Organ and tissue donation is a very personal decision and by addressing the misconceptions that exist, SHSC is working to create a culture of donation in South Carolina – one “yes” at a time.

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