Philadelphia Family and Former Mummer Honored at 2013 Rose Bowl Parade
When it was clear that he would not survive, his parents David Sr. and Patricia Nelson informed Gift of Life Donor Program that their son had already made the decision to be an organ and tissue donor, by placing the organ donor designation on his driver's license.
Philadelphia Family and Former Mummer Honored at
2013 Rose Bowl Parade
Gift of Life Donor Program and Donate Life America Honor Volunteer, Organ Donor
PHILADELPHIA, PA — In July 2006, twenty-six-year-old David Nelson suffered a devastating brain aneurysm. When it was clear that he would not survive, his parents David Sr. and Patricia Nelson informed Gift of Life Donor Program that their son had already made the decision to be an organ and tissue donor, by placing the organ donor designation on his driver's license. A Mummer with the Philadelphia-based club The Jokers NYA, David’s decision to donate inspired his family to not only honor his wishes, but maintain his legacy. His family and friends soon created the David Nelson Jr. Memorial Fund, a memorial fund which awards scholarships to children of deceased organ donors.
"Our family and friends are committed to sharing David's compassion and desire to help others," said Patricia Nelson, David’s mother, who has become one of Gift of Life's most active volunteers. "We are grateful to have had him in our lives and proud to remember him by supporting the children of donor parents and encouraging others to become organ and tissue donors."
On January 1, 2013, Gift of Life Donor Program will honor Patricia for her ongoing commitment to organ and tissue donation, and her son David for his life-saving and selfless gifts. Both will be represented on the 2013 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, "Journeys of the Heart" at the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. As one of 32 riders from across the country on the Donate Life Float, Patricia will accompany a floragraph portrait of her son, among 71 other images of donors memorialized in beautifully detailed images made entirely with flowers and plants.
On Monday, December 10th, Patricia and David Nelson, Sr. and their daughters Kaitlyn, Kyle and Alison—along with The Jokers NYA and Gift of Life Donor Program—will put the finishing touches on David’s Donate Life Float floragraph at Edward O’Malley Hall, located at 144 West Moore Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania starting at 6:30 pm.
The floragraph will be completed that evening, and sent back to Pasadena, California for placement on the float.
Today, more than 6,500 people in our region, and more than 114,700 nationally, are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Eighteen patients die each day due to the lack of available organs for transplant. A single donor like David can save the lives of eight people through organ donation, and heal 50 others through tissue donation of needed heart valves, corneas, skin, bone, and tendons that prevent or cure blindness, heal burns and save limbs.
Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has served as the link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving transplant in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. During that tenure, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 33,000 organ transplants, along with more than 300,000 tissue transplants. For more information on organ and tissue donation or to register online, please call Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771) or visit at www.donors1.org. For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit the official float website at www.donatelifefloat.org.
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