El Pasoan honored on Rose Parade float

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Positively El Paso

POSTED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 10:53am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 6:54pm

Andrea Dominguez' gift of organ donation memorialized

El Pasoan Andrea Rae Dominguez was only twenty-two years old when she was killed in a car accident in far east El Paso on February 22, 2005. However, Andrea lives on in others after she became an organ donor. Today, Andrea was honored at the 2014 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in the "Donate Life" float as one of 81 honored organ donors from across the country.

Shortly after Andrea's passing, her mother Ofelia Dominguez brought a photo of Andrea and the poem "To Remember Me" to the ICU at University Medical Center to inspire others to give selflessly as Andrea had done. Soon after, other photos began to arrive in the ICU of UMC, forming the country's first Wall of Heroes display honoring organ donors. The Wall of Heroes is now a national movement across hospitals to honor organ donation.

The float, entitled "Light Up the World" was featured as the fifteenth participant in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA on Wednesday morning. Donate Life has entered a float as a memorial to organ and tissue donors since 2004. The design featured a festival of lanterns illuminating 30 living riders along the bottom of the float who are organ recipients. On each lantern, the faces of 81 memorial floragraph portraits, including Andrea's, shed light on the legacies the donors leave behind.

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 non-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. To find out more about their cause and the other 81 honorees of this year's Donate Life float, you can visit their website.

Jerry L. Spinks of Carlsbad, NM was also honored on the float.

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