A Greenville liver transplant recipient will be one of 26 organ, cornea and tissue recipients to ride on the 2020 Donate Life Rose Parade float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day.
Kyle Carter was born with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the bile ducts that affects only infants. Without treatment, it causes cirrhosis and ultimately liver failure. Carter immediately underwent treatment, but it was unsuccessful. He underwent a liver transplant when he was 3 months old.
“I am honored to be a part of the Donate Life Rose Parade, and my participation is a tribute to Kelli Anne, my donor hero and all donors,” Carter said. “I also hope to help increase awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation through my transplant story.”
Carter is currently a senior at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. He is studying sports management and is a member of the baseball team.
The mission of the Donate Life Rose Parade float, which is in its 17th year, is to save and heal lives by sharing the gift of life and delivering the message of organ, eye and tissue donation to the world. In addition to transplant recipients and living organ donors, families of deceased donors are able to see their loved ones’ floral portraits as a part of the float. This year’s float theme is Light in the Darkness, designed to share the power of hope by highlighting Southeast Asia’s Diwali, or the Festival of Lights.
“We hope that when recipients like Kyle share their stories,” said Tracy Moore, CEO of Donate Life South Carolina. “It will inspire others to register to become organ, eye and tissue donors.”
The Rose Parade begins at 11 a.m. EST, Wednesday, Jan. 1.