Lowell General Hospital is pleased to partner with New England Organ Bank to honor and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. On January 1, 2015, the Donate Life Rose Parade float titled ‘Never-Ending Story’ will include a garden of roses with handwritten dedications from hospital administrators across the country, including Amy Hoey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lowell General Hospital.

“With this rose dedication, Lowell General Hospital recognizes our dedication and commitment to organ and tissue donation,” says Hoey. “We are excited to be part of this incredible celebration of life and are proud to help bring awareness to this important topic.”

Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ and tissue donors. This year’s ‘Never-Ending Story’ float features 60 butterflies – one for each life that can be transformed by a single deceased donor – emerging from an open book. The butterflies ascend above 72 volumes adorned with floragraph portraits of deceased donors. The float will transport 30 riders, including transplant recipients, living donors and family members of deceased organ, eye and tissue donors.

To register as an organ and tissue donor, contact your state’s driver license renewal provider or visit www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org.