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Trumansburg organ donor to be honored at Rose Parade

This floragraph (image created using flowers and natural plant materials) of Christine Springer will be displayed on the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade on New Year's Day/Photo provided by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

Trumansburg organ donor to be honored at Rose Parade

A former town justice in the area will be honored at the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s Day for giving the gift of life.

71-year-old Christine Springer, of Trumansburg, passed away in 2007 after suffering a stroke, and soon thereafter became an organ donor.

“It’s really meaningful for our whole family because we’ve been on both sides of organ donation,” said Molly DeRoos, Springer’s daughter.

Molly’s daughter Allie received a life-saving liver transplant in 2002, and her mom Christine went on to become an organ donor in 2007.

DeRoos has since become an advocate for organ donation.

“Having my daughter and my Mom on both sides, I’ve been in that situation where I’ve been waiting for someone to be a donor for my daughter,” DeRoos said. “I think that people need to be aware of what the facts are and how much it can help people.”

Molly and her daughter are taking part in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. An image of her mom will be included on the National Donate Life Float at the parade.

The telecast of the 2014 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time and will be seen by more than 40 million viewers nationwide. This will be the 125th anniversary of the Rose Parade.

More information can be found at the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.

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