Shelby is the daughter of Patrick Johnson and Dana Johnson, of Shawnee.
Each year, LifeShare of Oklahoma helps sponsor the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation.
As a sponsor, LifeShare can send one recipient to ride the float and one donor portrait to be honored on the float.
Shelby will be honored on the Donate Life Float as an organ donor in a floragraph, which is a portrait of the donor created with floral materials such as seeds, grains, spices, dried flowers and other organic materials.
With a vibrant personality, and a smile that could light up a room, Shelby is said to have gracefully made friends as she loved and accepted people just as they were. Putting others’ needs above her own, she tried to make people around her feel included and was known to go out of her way to be a loving friend.
One of her favorite classes in school was Leadership, in which she and other students would go to the elementary schools to read to younger students. Shelby loved school and was involved in numerous activities. She had always planned on going to college and was determined to be a good student.
In middle school, she was fascinated by the ocean and aspired to be a Marine Biologist. In high school, her goals shifted, and she became intrigued by the human brain and wanted to study Forensic Science.
She was so excited that she sent a picture of her license to her dad, showing off the Little Red Heart that indicates organ donor, and was excited to tell her grandparents, as well.
One short conversation with Shelby about donation made life possible for four others waiting on a lifesaving organ transplant.
LifeShare encourages everyone across the state to watch the 2022 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. For more information, visit lifeshareoklahoma.org