Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received an invitation to participate in the "2019 Donate Life Rose Parade float Hospital CEO rose dedications." Only a select group of hospitals in the area have been asked to prepare a handwritten message honoring the patients and families who, with the support of hospital staff, have saved and healed lives through the gift of organ, eye, and tissue donations.

The Donate Life Rose Parade float has grown into a national tradition featuring dozens of participants each year: riders who have received transplants, walkers who are living donors, and deceased donors memorialized in "floragraph" portraits integrated into the float's design. Organizations nationwide collaborate each year to enter the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade.

One of the trademarks of the annual Donate Life float design is the "dedication garden." The garden provides an opportunity for the CEOs of hospitals, transplant centers, and organ, tissue, and eye recovery organizations to dedicate a Donate Life rose. Each dedicated rose will be placed in a vial that carries the CEO's personal message of hope and remembrance honoring donors, recipients, and others who have been touched by organ and tissue donation.