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Six NJ Families Participated in Donate Life Rose Parade Float on New Year’s Day
The Donate Life Float made its 12th appearance in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day. This year, six New Jersey families traveled to the west coast to participate in the float as their loved ones were honored as either organ and tissue donors, transplant recipients or living organ donor
Joseph D’Addio, Anthony Rizzo, Melissa Mercado and Riley Kogen all gave the gift of life as organ donors. Their families saw their floragraphs and the floragraphs of 68 other organ and tissue donors on the float that day. A floragraph is a likeness of the person that is created from flowers, seeds and other organic materials.
Joe DiSanto received a heart transplant when he was just 11 years old and joined 29 others as a float rider representing recipients who have been given a second chance at life.
At 70 years old, Reenie Harris donated a kidney to a complete stranger and joined 11 other living organ donors as they walked alongside the float.
To see all of the photos from the families’ trips to Pasadena, visit the photo album on our Facebook page. If you missed the float on television, you can see ABC’s coverage from that day here.