Through the Legacy of Humankindness grant, JJ’s Legacy and Dignity Health together they have the opportunity to honor a deceased donor from our community who has given the gift of life.
Each year, the sponsored donor is represented on the annual Donate Life Rose Parade Float with a floragraph that the donor’s family is invited to participate in creating. It is a great honor to be a part of this annual display that reminds us of the great gifts that have been given out of tragedy and raises awareness of the importance of registering to become an organ, eye and tissue donor.
Nathan Nicholas Street
Nathan Nicholas Street had a deep love for his family, an unforgettable laugh and a smile that lit up a room. He was a kind-hearted, funny and gentle kid whose life was ultimately cut far too short by DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). Nathan was diagnosed with DIPG in January 2014 at age 7; a diagnosis that comes with a zero percent survival rate. He put up a long and hard-fought battle against the disease for 13 months, undergoing a biopsy, two rounds of radiation therapy, full genome sequencing and four separate experimental chemotherapy trials. However, sadly, despite all efforts, he passed away from the disease on February 17, 2015 at age 8. Following Nathan’s passing, we knew we could not donate his tissue or organs to help give the gift of life to others in need. Therefore, the decision was made to donate his tumor tissue to research where a live cell line was established. Currently, Nathan’s cell line has been shared among doctors worldwide and has been used in numerous research studies across the globe. While the research will never replace Nathan, it is our hope that the advancements made through his tissue donation will lead to countless other lives saved in the future.
The 2020 Rose Parade theme, “The Power of Hope,” honors the opportunity to look beyond the challenges of the moment and light a path to a brighter future.
The Donate Life Rose Parade® float will carry out the theme, Light in the Darkness by highlighting Southeast Asia’s Diwali (the Festival of Lights), a celebration of light shining in darkness. Organ, eye, and tissue donation is often the first spark of light families see when in their darkest of moments. The opportunity to honor their loved ones’ legacy provides hope and light to both grieving donor families and grateful recipients.