Ourania Barbara

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The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) is supporting the Donate Life Rose Parade float, Teammates in Life, by sponsoring a floragraph of one of their youngest donors, Ourania Barbara Brennan. Ourania became an organ and cornea donor just 4 days after her birth in June 2013. Ourania was diagnosed with anencephaly, which is a fatal neural tube defect. Knowing that she would not survive, Ourania’s parents Dan and Alison, and older sister Calliope, decided that organ and tissue donation would be the best way to honor her brief life while helping others._8100053

“We are very pleased to be part of this year’s Donate Life Float and to showcase the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation for research as well as transplantation,” said Gina Dunne Smith, Executive Director, IIAM. Ourania’s gifts allowed researchers to expand their knowledge of Type I Diabetes, pulmonary airway disorders resulting from premature births and identifying alternatives to whole organ transplant for liver disease. Additionally, research on glaucoma, retinal disease, eye complications of diabetes and other sight disorders were made possible through the Lion’s Eye Bank at Albany. Finishing touches on Ourania’s floral portrait will be made by her family on November 30 at Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, NY.

“Honoring the Brennan’s deep desire to add another layer of meaning to Ourania’s brief life was important to our entire team, as well as the team from the Center for Donation and Transplant, the organ procurement organization that coordinated her donation. The sense of teamwork extended to researchers from New York to Tennessee who received her gifts”, said Dunne Smith.

_8100063“We’re so grateful to the Lourdes Hospital team, CDT and to IIAM for supporting us and turning a trauma into a beautiful experience — enabling our daughter to ‘live on,’” said Alison Brennan.

This year’s float, Teammates in Life, will recognize a total of 96 honorees on a spectacular Polynesian catamaran. It will be propelled by a team of 24 organ, eye, and tissue transplant recipients rowing in unison with strength gained from their donors. The sails of the vessel will feature 60 floral portraits of donors interwoven with Polynesian designs and patterns. Twelve living donors and recipients, including a “kidney chain” of three living donors and their three recipients, will walk alongside the float carrying flowers in celebration of the life they have given to others and the quality of life they continue to enjoy themselves.

Now in its 14th year, the float is the centerpiece of a national effort of more than 50 organizations that have teamed up to reach a broad audience with the simple, life-giving message that organ, eye, and tissue donation saves and heals lives. Once completed, thanks to the efforts of more than a thousand volunteers, the Donate Life float will sail down the streets of Pasadena during the 128th Rose Parade® presented by Honda on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 8 a.m. (PST). For additional information about the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.

In the United States today, there are over 120,000 people currently waiting for a lifesaving organ, and hundreds of thousands more, whose lives could be healed through eye and tissue transplantation. A single organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and heal 75 more. Each year, IIAM places over 1300 organs with researchers throughout the United States and abroad. IIAM’s Neonatal Donor Program alone has provided over 200 organs and tissue from 65 donors. Register today to become an organ, eye or tissue donor by visiting DonateLifeAmerica.org.

About IIAM

A non-profit organization, IIAM is a world-leading provider of healthy and diseased donated human organs and tissues for medical research, education and therapy. Partnering with every organ procurement organization in the U.S., IIAM links organ and tissue donation with medical discovery. Through this, IIAM collectively honors the gift of donors and their families to leave a legacy for their loved ones and change the lives of others. Visit our website at www.iiam.org.

About Donate Life America

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life, and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries; developing and executing effective multi-media donor education programs; and motivating the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Special Thank You’s

We are grateful to NILMDTS for the beautiful remembrance photos and the friendship we have made with our NILMDTS photographers, Greg and Sharon Lewis. We are very proud to share these photos with others through the Tournament of Roses Parade. ~ Brennan’s

Special thank you to the Brennan family for sharing Ourania Barbara and the ways that you are honoring her by bringing support and hope to other families! ~ NILMDTS

Also a special thank you to our NILMDTS Volunteer Photographers, Greg and Sharon Lewis for their dedication and commitment to helping families like the Brennan’s! ~ NILMDTS