By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
LifeShare of Oklahoma has announced that organ and tissue donor Stacy Hadley will be the 2017 LifeShare Floragraph Honoree. She will be representing Oklahoma in the 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade Float.
LifeShare is the organ procurement organization in Oklahoma responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes.
Every year, LifeShare of Oklahoma helps sponsor the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day to spread the message about organ, eye and tissue donation. As a sponsor, LifeShare is able to send one recipient to ride the float and one donor portrait to be honored on the float.
Stacy will be honored, in a floragraph, on the Donate Life Float as an organ donor. A floragraph is a portrait of the donor, created with floral materials such as seeds, grains, spices, dried flowers and other organic materials. She is one of 60 donors to be featured on this year’s float.
Through organ donation, Stacy was able to save six lives.
The 2017 Donate Life Float depicts a Polynesian catamaran, which will be propelled by a team of 24 organ, eye and tissue transplant recipients rowing in unison with strength gained from donors.
The sails of the vessel will feature 60 floral portraits of donors interwoven with Polynesian designs and patterns.
Stacy was an athlete from Oklahoma City with a strong team mentality. She enjoyed playing softball and basketball in her teenage years and worked for the good of the team both in athletics and her everyday life.
A lover of the outdoors, Stacy enjoyed skiing and wakeboarding at the lake with her friends and family. She loved animals, and especially riding horses, particularly her own.
Stacy worked hard to save lives and care for others in her five years of service as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Trauma Center in the Emergency Room.
She was committed to public service and particularly loved working with kids at the Children’s Hospital. She was studying to become a police officer and dreamed of being a detective.
With exceptionally close family ties, she considered her mom her best friend and treated her nephew like one of her own children.
In 2014, Stacy’s life was ended too early in an automobile accident. With her team player mentality, it was no surprise to her family and friends to learn she was an organ donor.
“We are thankful to have the opportunity to honor Stacy Hadley at the Rose Parade this year as she represents organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Jeffrey Orlowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of LifeShare of Oklahoma.
“With a U.S. television audience in the tens of millions and a worldwide audience in the hundreds of millions, Stacy will not only be representing the importance of donation, she will also serve as a reminder of the approximately 900 Oklahomans waiting on a lifesaving transplant.”
The 128th Rose Parade, themed “Echoes of Success,” will air all major television networks on Monday morning, January 2, 2017. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® will feature 40 float entries.
“We work closely with 4 transplant centers and 145 healthcare organizations in the state of Oklahoma to facilitate donation,” said Katy Smith, LifeShare of Oklahoma, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Additionally, we strive to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.
LifeShare encourages residents to enroll as an organ, eye and tissue donor in the Donate Life Registry.
Residents can sign-up when renewing their driver’s license. Online registration is available at www.lifeshareregistry.org; or call 800-826-LIFE (5433) to request a donor registration form.
For more information about LifeShare, visit www.lifeshareok.org.