ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Following the "Tree of Life" ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, there was a special tribute that had the parents of one organ donor in tears.
Image Credit: KALB / Faith King
Larabee Thompson lost her son, Garrett Thompson, 11 years ago and made the decision to give life after death.
Ever since she was a kid, Mrs. Thompson always started her New Year by watching the Donate Life Rose Parade Float with her family.
"We would brew the coffee and make some cinnamon rolls and we all bundled up on the couch and stay in our pajamas until the parade is finished," Mrs. Thompson explained.
Unlike the past years, Larabee won't be bundling up on the couch to bring in 2019. Instead, she will be in California honoring her son as his floragraph highlights the Donate Life Rose Parade float.
Through the donation of his heart, kidneys, and liver, Garrett was able to save the lives of four young people.
The parade will include 44 floral portraits, honoring the brave lives of deceased donors and Mrs.Thompson hopes that her son is feeling very special.
"I hope that Garrett is very excited and honored by the way that he's remembered," she said.
For more information on The Donate Life Rose Parade visit, Donatelifefloat.org.