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Southwell dedicates roses for Donate Life Rose Parade float

Southwell, in partnership with LifeLink of Georgia and Donate Life America, dedicated two roses to be placed in vials on the 2024 OneLegacy Donate Life Rose Parade float.

Chris Dorman, President and CEO of Southwell and Jay Carmichael, COO of Southwell Medical, both shared a personal message of hope and remembrance honoring donors, recipients, and others who have been touched by organ, eye and tissue donation. This rose will join thousands of others to create a dedication garden that is a featured design element on the float each year.

Southwell operates two hospitals: Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton and Southwell Medical in Adel. Both hospitals participate in the LifeLink and Donate Life programs.

Celebrating its 21st year, the OneLegacy Donate Life Rose Parade float continues its mission to save and heal lives by sharing the gift of life and delivering the message of organ, eye and tissue donation to the world. The 2024 OneLegacy Donate Life Rose Parade float, Woven Together: The Dance of Life, showcases the culture of the Hopi, native to the American Southwest. The float will feature a beautiful Butterfly Dancer surrounded by traditionally woven baskets full of life-giving corn and other fruits from Hopi culture. Memorial floragraphs honoring life-giving organ, eye and tissue donors will be displayed on the baskets; transplant recipients will ride on the float, and living donors will walk alongside it.

Tune in on January 1, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. EST to watch the Rose Parade and see the OneLegacy Donate Life float!

In the United States today there are over 105,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ, and hundreds of thousands more whose lives could be healed through eye and tissue transplantation. A single organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and heal as many as 75 more. Individuals can register their donation decision at Donate Life Georgia or when obtaining or renewing a driver license. Further information about the OneLegacy Donate Life float, decorating, and facts about donation and transplantation can be found at www.donatelifefloat.org.