CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Summit Health will be helping to “Light Up the World” with a dedicated rose and handwritten note on the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade float.

Summit Health CEO Patrick O’Donnell wrote the dedication placed with the rose stating: “This is in honor of all those lives that are here with us today because of the gift of life from our donors.”

Sponsored by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, the American Hospital Association, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and the Eye Bank Association of America, the float honors the patients and families who have helped others through organ donation.

“This is a really touching tribute that CORE is taking part in and it’s an honor for Summit Health to be involved in recognizing all the families that have been impacted by organ donation,” O’Donnell said.

“I can’t image how emotional it must be for those families whose loved one gave an organ and for those that received an organ. It’s an amazing tribute.”

This year’s theme “Light Up the World” was chosen to honor those families who “shine a light on us all” and have been affected either by receiving an organ donation or donating an organ, said Misty D. Enos, interim director of professional services and community outreach for CORE.

The Donate Life float is one of 45 float entries that will participate in the 125th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2014.


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Monday, December 23, 2013
Summit Health CEO Patrick O'Donnell writes a dedication to be placed with a rose on the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade float.