ATLANTA – (October 17, 2016) – Kaylin Williams had a passion for giving. Her dream was to work in the medical profession and offer free services to the homeless; no questions asked, and no insurance or money needed. Sadly, before turning 16, Kaylin passed way due to injuries sustained in a car accident. It was in honor of her giving spirit that her parents, Tammy and Kacy, chose to donate Kaylin’s organs. The Williams family will join Kim Ryan on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:30AM at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center for a rose vial signing presentation honoring Kaylin and all AMC organ donors.
On January 2, 2017, during the nationally and internationally televised Rose Parade, Kaylin’s rose vial dedication will join other dedications celebrating transplant recipients and living donors, honoring deceased donors, and thanking individuals and groups who support and take part in the donation and transplantation community, as well as handwritten dedications by hospital CEO’s across the country including Kim Ryan, CEO of Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. The Donate Life Rose Parade Float will, as has become tradition, feature a dedication garden made up of thousands of roses with dedications just like those offered for Kaylin.
Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade float, titled this year “Teammates in Life, has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ and tissue donors. In addition to the 40 million viewers who watch the Rose Parade on TV and along the parade route, hundreds of events are held in cities and towns around the country to complete the “floragraphs” (floral portraits) of donors that adorn the float. The 2017 float depicts a spectacular Polynesian catamaran, which will be propelled by a team of 24 organ, eye, and tissue transplant recipients rowing in unison with strength gained from their donors. The sails of the vessel will feature 60 floral portraits of donors interwoven with Polynesian designs and patterns. Just as the donors’ gifts empower the lives of others, the sails help power the catamaran on its journey. Twelve living donors will walk alongside the float carrying flowers in celebration of the life they have given to others and the quality of life they continue to enjoy themselves. The ocean waves will showcase 1,000 white Akito roses, individually dedicated in memory of specific donors. Vibrant i’iwi and ‘amakihi birds perch amongst a lush landscape of tropical flowers and palm trees while a pair of tikis, representing light and life, abundance and peace, peer out of the jungle. The float will exude life with colorful, exotic blooms grown in Hawaii especially for the occasion.
Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center is pleased to partner with LifeLink of Georgia to honor and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. For the thousands of Georgians listed for a life-saving transplant, organ donation offers hope for a longer life. Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history; a single donor can save or improve the lives of nearly 60 people. Organ and tissue donation is about life. Visit www.donatelifegeorgia.org to register your donation decision. You may also register when obtaining or renewing a driver license or state identification card.
LifeLink of Georgia is the non-profit, community service organization which coordinates organ and tissue recoveries in Georgia. To learn more visit www.lifelinkfoundation.org or call 800-544-6667.