December 16, 2016

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Video: Kate Geer – 2017 Rose Parade Float Rider

December 16, 2016

We’re honored to have Kate Geer and her family represent us at the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade​. Kate will travel from Grand Junction to ride on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float​ on Monday, January 2 in honor of her husband Derek Geer, a Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy who was killed in the line of duty in early 2016. Derek saved four lives through organ donation after his death. The float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire donation. Kate will be joined on the float by 23 other individuals from around the country whose lives were impacted by donation and transplantation.

Since her husband’s passing, Kate has been an active advocate for donation. Leading up to her appearance in the Rose Parade, Kate participated in a Donate Life flag raising and pinning ceremony on December 6 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO. In addition to a Donate Life flag being raised at the hospital in honor of Derek, as a symbol of thanks, Kate pinned Donate Life pins onto members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office​ that worked alongside her husband.

The 128th Rose Parade will start at 8 a.m. PST on January 2, 2017 and be broadcast live in the U.S. by broadcast partners ABC, NBC, HGTV, Hallmark Channel, Univision and more. Check local broadcast listings for more information. For more information about the 2017 Teammates in Life Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit

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