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Friday, December 06, 2013 - Carroll Hospital Center CEO Dedicates Rose on Donate Life Float in Rose Parade

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-7121

Westminster, Md. – (December 6, 2013) — In a gesture to show the hospital’s support of organ, eye and tissue donations Carroll Hospital Center CEO John Sernulka dedicated a rose on the Donate Life Float that will be featured in the 2014 Rose Parade in honor of organ and tissue donors and their loved ones.

Working with The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, Sernulka was grateful for the chance to honor donors and write a personal message of hope and remembrance in support of organ, eye and tissue donation.

“As a hospital dedicated to saving lives, we are a strong supporter of organ donations and recognize its importance in improving the quality of life for those in need,” Sernulka said.

Watched by 40 million U.S. television viewers, 800,000 parade spectators, and viewers in 150 countries, the Rose Parade is “America’s New Year Celebration” — and an ideal venue to showcase how hospitals across the country make possible the life-saving and healing benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation.

One of the trademarks of the annual Donate Life float design 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. This year, Donate Life has offered hospitals across the county the opportunity to handwrite a dedication on one of the rose vials.

For close to a decade, Carroll Hospital Center has been a partner with the Living Legacy Foundation’s Donate Life Program to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donations. As part of the partnership, the hospital has a Donate Life flag that is raised whenever a patient donates any type of tissue or organ to another in need. Hospital staff members also meet quarterly with the Living Legacy Foundation staff to plan educational activities about organ and tissue donations.

For the past ten years, dozens of organizations nationwide have collaborated to enter a 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: Riders who have received transplants; Walkers who are living kidney donors; and deceased donors memorialized in “Floragraph” portraits integrated into the float’s design. Together with an inspiring float design, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float entry is a showcase of compassion, perseverance and courage in the face of adversity.

In Maryland, more than 2,800 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Nationwide, that number exceeds 120,000.  Carroll Hospital Center supports The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland in their mission to facilitate organ and tissue transplants and educate the public on this important cause. For more information on organ, eye and tissue donation, please visit

Carroll Hospital Center is a nonprofit, acute care facility offering the latest in medical technology, experienced medical professionals in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the community.