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Donor and recipient to be featured on 2015 Rose Parade float

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Jean Janohosky fills in the sleek yet graceful eyebrows that stretch across the smiling face on this floragraph.

“I feel like he's here today,” Janohosky said.

This is her son Allen. He was killed 12 years ago in a crash after a rafting trip on the Ocoee River. He was 17 years old.

“He was a sweetheart. He was very angelic,” she added.

It's the first time this mom from Minnesota has stepped foot on the Erlanger Hospital campus in 12 years. It didn't take long for the memories to come rushing back.

“I saw a bench underneath a tree that my daughter and I had sat at,” she said.

A year before the crash, Allen, then 16, told his mom he wanted to be an organ and tissue donor. His family was able to honor that wish and helped save five lives and gave sight to another.

Allen's floragraph will be one of 72 portraits on the Donate Life Rose Parade float on New Years' Day in Pasadena. One of Allen's transplant recipients will also ride on the float to celebrate the new chapter of life.

Grand Priory of America, The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem is sponsoring the float.


Former Acting Surgeon General Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu says the float helps spread the message of organ donation through a national spectacle.

Admiral Moritsugu lost both his wife and daughter in separate car accidents. Both became organ and cornea donors.

“[Some may think] when I have no more need for my organs or my tissue or my cornea, maybe I can leave them for someone else,” he added.

Janohosky spoke Monday before a team of doctors and nurses, some of whom, cared for her son. She thanked the team not just caring for Allen, but for her as well.

“It was almost like Allen led us here, because he knew he needed to be taken care of but he knew he needed to take care of us too,” she said.

For more information about organ and tissue donation, click here.

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