South Carolina Represented on the
2016 Donate Life Rose Parade® Float
South Carolina was once again represented on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on Friday, January 1, 2016. For only the second time, an organ, eye and tissue donor from the Midlands was honored with a floral portrait or “floragraph “on the float. This honor was made possible thanks to a sponsorship grant by Bridge to Life, LLC of Columbia. This is the seventh time that a South Carolina donor has been represented on the float. This year’s honoree was Sharon Schultz Lucas of Lexington County and her portrait was one of sixty floragraphs honoring donors from across the country. Sharon was an organ, eye and tissue donor when she passed away in 2014. Along with Sharon’s floragraph, a South Carolina transplant recipient, Miren Ivankovic of Clemson, rode high atop one of the two camels on the float. Miren was nominated by LifePoint and chosen as the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) representative on the float.
The 2016 Donate Life Rose Parade Float featured a colorful caravan with sixty donor medal-inspired floragraphs, including Sharon’s, honoring the invaluable treasure of a deceased donor’s lifesaving gift. Twenty-four transplant recipients, including Miren, rode the float and continued to share in life's adventures allowed by the gift of organ, eye or tissue donation. Sixteen living donors walked alongside the float carrying provisions of flower-accented fruit, symbolizing
life-giving and enhancing gifts that have been given. Dedicated roses, placed lovingly by people touched by donation, created floral jewels that ornament the base of the float. Only organic materials – such as spices, seeds and crushed flowers – are used to create the floragraphs, beautifully underscoring their life-giving symbolism. This admirable group of donors and recipients represent the millions of people touched by organ, eye and tissue donation. The 2016 Donate Life Rose Parade Float won the Rose Parade Isabella Coleman Award for best use of color and floral harmony.
View "The Power of Two" Documentary
Everyone in the transplant community knows that it takes power to give the gift of life through organ donation, survive the wait and thrive after receiving a transplant. Twin sisters and double lung transplant recipients Ana Stenzel and Isa Stenzel Byrnes, and other members of the transplant community worldwide, show what power can do in the documentary film “The Power of Two.” Called “compelling” and “poetic” by the Wall Street Journal, and an “inspiring triumph” by Golden Globe® nominated actor Jack Black, this winner of ten film festival awards has entertained, educated and inspired audiences globally.
This short video was produced by Donate Life South Carolina to increase awareness about the need for more organ and tissue donors. It also gives information about the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
A Message from Our Director
Thanks to the hard work of our many dedicated employees, volunteers, and professional associates, LifePoint continues to make great progress in advancing organ and tissue donation in South Carolina.
Through the generosity of our donor families, hundreds of lives have been saved and enhanced. Yet, the need for donation continues. We are privileged, humbled and honored to have a part in this lifesaving work. Please help us with your commitment to be a donor.
Nancy A. Kay CEO/President of LifePoint, Inc.