Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's COO Joe Rudisill prepares his 2018 note to be placed in the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.

Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received an invitation to participate in the "2018 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 donation.

The American Hospital Association has joined with the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and the Eye Bank Association of America to offer this inspirational tribute to the donors of tissues and organs.

For over a dozen years, organizations nationwide have collaborated to enter the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Originally envisioned by a lung recipient who wished to thank organ, eye and tissue donors for their gifts of life, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has grown into a national tradition featuring dozens of participants each year.

One of the trademarks of the annual Donate Life float is a "dedication garden" filled with thousands of roses, each placed in a vial carrying a unique, personal message from an individual, family, or organization. In appreciation of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's support of organ, eye and tissue donation, the hospital's CEO was given this exceptional opportunity.