Become a Donor and “Light Up the World”
Each year, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float serves as a memorial to organ and tissue donors, their families, living donors, and transplant recipients. This year’s theme, Light Up the World, represents the compassion and courage of those who give and receive the gift of life. Adorning the float, Donate Life America gave tribute to 81 donors with their own floragraph while 36 recipients and living donors were honored with positions to ride or walk in the parade.
CryoLife was given the exceptional privilege to announce Kevin Patrick Dobson as one of the donors to be memorialized with a floragraph. Kevin was known for his dedication and drive to help those in need. His greatest source of pride was his children, his son Kevin Patrick Dobson, Jr., daughters Jamie Kathleen and Brooke Lauren Dobson, and stepson Andrew Hastings. While serving his community as a New York State Trooper, he was struck by a passing motorist. According to his father Richard, “Kevin prayed that his donation would lessen the suffering of another family. We who loved him in life know that his prayer was answered.”
Another courageous CryoLife donor, Elijah “Eli” Cole McGinley, was also honored with a floragraph on the float. The McGinley’s welcomed twins Eli and Walker into the world on August 3, 2009. One of the boys, Eli, was diagnosed with spina bifida 20 weeks into the pregnancy. When he was born, it was discovered that Eli’s condition was more severe than previously thought. Eli gave the gift of life five days later so that another child could have the opportunity to live. “We gave birth to a hero,” said his mother, Jodie, “and we will continue to raise Walker to know his twin brother in everything we do in his life.”
Kevin and Eli are heroes to so many of those in dire need of lifesaving medical care. Their compassion and courage inspires each of us at CryoLife and carries on through the many lives they’ve touched.
Over 128,000 people are currently waiting for a transplant. While recipients can wait years for a lifesaving transplant, donors like Kevin Dobson and Eli McGinley “light up the world” and give hope to those currently in wait. You can make such a difference in someone’s life by becoming an organ and tissue donor. You have the chance to improve or save the lives of over 50 people. To become a donor, register with Donate Life America.