Frisbie Memorial Hospital is pleased to partner with New England Donor Services to honor and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. On January 1, 2019, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float titled Rhythm of the Heart included a dedication garden made up of roses with handwritten dedications by hospital CEO’s across the country.

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. In addition to the 40 million viewers who watch the Rose Parade on TV and along the parade route, hundreds of events are held in cities and towns around the country to complete the “floragraphs” of donors that adorn the float.

The theme for the 130th Rose Parade was “The Melody of Life,” which celebrates music (the universal language). With this in mind, the 2019 Donate Life float’s theme, “Rhythm of the Heart,” depicted an exciting design that invited parade audiences to experience the music of Africa in a vibrant, colorful float that featured musical instruments and cultural artifacts that represent different African countries and cultures.

As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, The Donate Life Rose Parade float inspired viewers to help the over one million people in need of organ or tissue transplants each year. To register as an organ and tissue donor, register through the state’s driver’s license renewal process or go to RegisterMe to register online.