Date: 12/15/2010

Hospitals of Community Healthcare System sponsor Rose Parade Float

Artist’s rendering of the Donate Life “Seize the Day” Rose Parade Float.

Roses on Donate Life Parade Float carry tags of love, hope, remembrance

Roses on a floral float part of the 122nd Rose Parade will hold special meaning for those touched by organ and tissue donation. Community Healthcare System is helping to sponsor the Donate Life float in the Rose Bowl Parade by purchasing some of the roses for the float that pays tribute to organ/tissue donors and their family members.

The theme for the Donate Life 2011 Rose Parade float is Seize the Day! The float, a combination of colorful kites, is designed to inspire people to “seize the day” and register as organ, eye and tissue donors. The float honors the precious gifts donors contributed, and donor recipients will ride in the parade. The Donate Life float riders and honorees represent millions of people touched by organ and tissue donation, including donor families, their deceased loved ones, living donors, transplant recipients and transplant candidates. Millions of spectators from around the world will ring in the New Year by watching the 122nd Rose Parade on Sat., Jan.1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.

Year round, the hospitals of Community Healthcare System: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart partner with Donate Life America to raise awareness regarding eye, organ and tissue donations.

“At the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, we are privileged to accept the selfless gift that donors and their courageous loved ones have chosen to share and impact the life of someone they have never met,” said John Gorski, Chief Operating Officer of Community Healthcare System. “By supporting the Donate Life float, we honor and salute these donors who have given the greatest gift of all through organ, tissue or eye donations.”

Organ and tissue donations save and heal hundreds of thousands of adults and children each year in the U.S. alone. Today, more than 109,000 candidates are on the national organ transplant waiting list. Largely due to the rarity of circumstances that allow for deceased organ donation, only about 28,000 organs are transplanted each year. As a result, 18 candidates die each day for lack of a donor. A single donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation, while a single tissue donor can save and heal 50 others through needed heart valves, corneas, skin, bone and tendons that prevent or cure blindness, heal burns and save limbs.

Under Indiana’s Donor Choice Law, individuals 18 and older may declare their intention to donate, and family members are not able to override that intention at the time of death. Individuals under age 18 may declare their donation intentions with the permission of a parent or legal guardian, who must also provide consent for donation at the time of a minor’s death.

Through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana residents can register their intent to be organ and tissue donors while obtaining or renewing their drivers’ license.

Registration also is accepted at