Who are they? They lived a full seven decades or only a matter of months. Many were students in high school or college. They hailed from 25 states, from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Florida. And they all share two things in common: the decision to give life as organ, eye and tissue donors, and a tribute in the 2009 Rose Parade honoring their legacies that saved and healed more than 1,000 lives and give hope to countless others in need.
Together with Steve and other organ recipients they will ride on the float in the form of a Floragrpah which will be decorated by members of their family. Meet one organ donor who is a Star of Life.
Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor
Age 22 ~ Lutherville, MD
Date of Donation: 3/12/08
Hospital: University of Maryland Medical Center
Eight weeks before 22-year-old Dustin Michael Bauer was set to graduate from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice, he accidentally fell 15 feet from a landing in his apartment complex onto his head.
Dustin was a strong, healthy, athletic young man, but he never recovered from surgery. He was pronounced brain-dead on March 12, 2008. His parents, immediately understanding they could transform his passing into something positive, opted for organ donation. They donated his kidneys, liver, pancreas, corneas, and heart valves. Today, all of the recipients are reported to be doing very well with Dustin’s gifts.