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Drew David to be honored in Rose Parade

Posted: November 12, 2018 4:41 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Robert “Drew” E. David IV will be honored in the 2019 Rose Parade for giving the “Gift of Life” as an organ, eye and tissue donor when he lost his life in 2015 as a result of an automobile accident. We Are Sharing Hope SC, along with Donate Life South, will honor Drew by representing him with a “floragraph,” an artistic floral portrait, on the 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade Float themed “Rhythm of the Heart.”

A special ceremony to allow friends and family of Drew’s to finish his floragraph will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in Camden High School’s (CHS) auditorium. The opportunity to commemorate Drew’s gift of life is made possible by Bridge to Life, a Columbia-based biotechnology company dedicated to advancing the science of organ procurement and preservation.

Drew will be honored along with 43 other donor heroes from across the country.

Drew was full of life and had enough love to share with each and every soul he touched. Drew was a starting wide receiver for the CHS Bulldog football team as well as a pitcher and third baseman for the school’s baseball team. At age 16, while at the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, Drew checked “yes” on the S.C. Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor Registry. This way, there was no question that his family wanted to honor his wishes when that decision had to be made. Through his generosity, Drew saved seven lives and provided sight for another.

“In this season of giving thanks, we are deeply grateful for his selfless gift of life,” Aaron Gilchrist, global sales director at Bridge to Life Ltd., said. “It is a great privilege to pay this special tribute to Drew David’s life. He is truly a hero. We hope that by honoring Drew’s story in this unique way, his legacy will live on and others will be inspired to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.”

The Donate Life Rose Parade Float has become the world’s most visible and inspiring campaign for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Celebrating its 16th year, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float continues its mission to save and heal lives by sharing the gift of life and delivering the message of organ, eye and tissue donation to the world. Families of deceased donors are honored to see their loved ones’ floragraph, or floral image, highlighted as part of the float. Living donors and recipients bring the float to life by riding or walking beside the float. This year’s parade theme, The Melody of Life, celebrates the power of music, the universal language, in bringing us together.

At the base of the float is the Rose Dedication Garden containing thousands of dedicated roses. This garden is an opportunity to honor donors, families, recipients and candidates waiting for transplant. Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique, personal message of love, hope and remembrance. In fact, numerous South Carolina hospital CEOs have dedicated rose vials in honor of those touched by donation at their hospitals.

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