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Taylor's Gift Sponsoring 2013 Donate Life Rose Parade Float!

Posted by Taylor's Gift Team

23

Dec

2012

Jonathan_Finger_on_bike.pngTaylor’s Gift is thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Rose Bowl Parade by sponsoring organ recipient Jonathan Finger on Donate Life’s tenth Rose Parade float.

Jonathan Finger received a kidney from Taylor, giving him another lease on life after being diagnosed with a rare kidney disease as a young adult. Jonathan received a kidney transplant from his mother in 2002, but unfortunately the organ rejected completely.

After years of intense dialysis, open heart surgery, and nearly eight years of waiting for yet another kidney transplant, Jonathan received Taylor’s gift, the gift of life, the gift we all have within. 

As a result, he no longer faces long-term dialysis and related health problems. Jonathan learned of Taylor’s story when her parents reached out to him. After learning of her story, Jonathan was emboldened to honor the one who saved his life by living life to the fullest. “I vowed to treasure this gift from Taylor, do what I could to memorialize her, and to live in the present.” 

Jonathan assembled a team for Taylor’s Gift Foundation and rode in the 2011 Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, a 500 mile, seven-day trek across Iowa.

This is the second year that Taylor’s Gift has sponsored a Donate Life Rose Parade Float participant. Last year, Patricia Winters, heart recipient of Taylor, rode on the float to honor Taylor and to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Taylor’s Gift is proud to sponsor Jonathan as a float rider. Jonathan’s presence on the float will remind the millions watching of the gift we all have within.

Know someone touched by organ donation? Tell them about Taylor's Place for information!

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