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Oklahoma Tissue Donors to be Remembered in National Parade
Join LifeShare for Floragraph Unveiling for Rose Parade Float
Join LifeShare as we honor Linda Dean and Nate Hall as floragraph honorees for the 2024 National Rose Parade.
LifeShare is the not-for-profit organization in Oklahoma responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes.
The organization is a sponsor of the One Legacy 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 sends two donor portraits to be honored on the float.
Linda and Nate will be honored as tissue donors in a floragraph. A floragraph is a portrait of the donor, created with floral materials such as seeds, grains, spices, dried flowers and other organic materials.
Join us as we celebrate Linda Dean and Nate Hall to be honored on this year’s Rose Parade float:
WHAT: Floragraph Unveiling Ceremony
WHERE: LifeShare Network
4705 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
WHEN: Tuesday, November 28th at 2:00 PM
PHOTOS: There will be several opportunities for great photos and videos at this event.
INTERVIEWS: The families of Linda Dean, donor, and Nate Hall, donor, will be available for interviews. LifeShare Network Leadership will also be available for interviews.
The 2024 float, with the theme ‘Woven Together: The Dance of Life,’ will honor the culture and traditions of the Hopi tribe, who are native to the American Southwest and known for their weaving and artistry. The Float will also highlight the theme of organ and tissue donation as a way of connecting people from different backgrounds and beliefs.
Linda Dean –Tissue Donor
Linda Carroll Dean, of Ardmore, Okla., was a hardworking, charismatic, funny, independent, and sweet woman. Linda was born at home in Leon, Oklahoma where she grew up with her six siblings. She was extremely close to her maternal grandmother, “momma”, who helped raise her from a very young age. At the age of five, Linda began attending Carter Seminary School in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Carter Seminary School is a commonly known boarding school for Indian children to attend in the western part of the state of Oklahoma.
Though forced to speak English in school, Linda continued to speak Choctaw with her family and elders in her community due to her deep commitment to her tribe, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. READ FULL STORY
Nate Hall – Tissue Donor
Nate Hall, of Yukon, Oklahoma, was a unique individual – he was unlike most of his peers and had zero apologies for it. Nate was mostly serious but had a warm smile that would melt hearts. He was a hard worker and would do almost any task asked of him without complaining.
He was humble and quiet – but brilliant, and he would firmly debate any topic he felt strongly about. In fact, he was in debate through his school, and won a trophy for Speaker of the Tournament but didn’t make a big scene about his award.
He was a great older brother; walking to the bus stop to pick up his brother so he didn’t have to walk alone.
Nate loved to learn. He would study and follow his curiosities of anything he found interesting and would often write about what he learned. His family remembers him as an incredible writer. READ FULL STORY
LifeShare is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes. We work closely with three transplant centers and 145 healthcare organizations in the state of Oklahoma to facilitate donation. Additionally, we raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.