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Celebrate the Holiday Season with Donate Life!

The holiday season is upon us and we are more eager than ever to participate in all of the festive events throughout this next month. This is also the time of year where we take extra time to honor, recognize and celebrate the lives of the donors who have gone before us, the recipients who have been given a second chance in life and those who are waiting for a lifesaving and healing organ, eye or tissue transplant. The Donate Life community is involved in wonderful events this holiday season to celebrate the gift of life.

9News Parade of Lights


We are all excited that the 9News Parade of Lights is back in-person this year on Saturday, December 4! Join us this weekend as our Advocates float our “Gift of Life” balloon down the streets of Denver. Each Advocate who is walking will be in a colored hat to show their connection to organ, eye and tissue donation. Donor families whose loved ones were organ, eye and tissue donors will be in blue Santa hats. Transplant recipients and their families will be wearing red Santa hats. Living donors will wear purple Santa hats. And finally, Advocates for the Cause of organ, eye and tissue donation will wear elf hats. Share your #GiftofLife story with us on social!

If you can’t be at the parade on Saturday, we will also have our stationary Donate Life Colorado “Gift of Life” gift box on display in Downtown Denver at the Dairy Block between 18th & 19th and Blake & Wazee streets from December 5-26. Stop by, scan our QR code with your cell phone camera and share your own story about how the gift of life has affected your life.

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If you live in the Colorado Springs area, join us at the Colorado Springs Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday, December 4. Passionate Advocates, Donor Alliance staff members and their families are coming together to spread awareness to their community about the impact of organ, eye and tissue donation. Share your #GiftofLife story with us @DonateLifeColorado! Don’t miss out!

Annual Rose Parade

On New Year’s Day, local heart and kidney transplant recipient, Tony Young will represent our region on the 19th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float in the nationally televised Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Tony will be joined by several other participants from across the country whose lives have been touched by donation and transplantation.

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The 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade float, “Courage to Hope”, will feature the majestic, winged Lion of Venice from Italy’s Piazza San Marco, set amidst the Venetian Gothic architecture of the Palazzo Ducale and Venice’s quintessential gondolas and flowing canals. The traditional gondolas will carry organ, eye and tissue recipients, including Tony, symbolizing the continued sailing of their life journey thanks to their donor’s gifts.

May this holiday season fill you and yours with joy, hope and a giving spirit. Say yes to giving the gift of life at Donate Life Colorado or Donate Life Wyoming.

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