Organ Donor From Sunnyside Featured in the Rose ParadePosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash-- One Sunnyside man is making as large of an impact after death as he did in life. When their only son died in a car accident, John and Daria Miller made the decision to donate his organs.
It's a cause they're passionate about and now their spreading the word with flowers. Well, actually flowers, coffee beans and other seeds make up BJ's image on the "Stars of Life" float.
It's a part of the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. All the faces featured are organ donors. For the Miller's and other families this project is therapeutic.
"It was beautiful to here those stories," said Daria Miller. "It was a very emotional day yet it was a rewarding day," said John Miller.
Being part of the Rose Parade is something they know BJ would be excited about. Something they wanted his hair to be just right for, they spent around six hours perfecting his life like image.
"This is going to be seen by tens of millions of people. And if we can accomplish the task of touching out reaching out and touching families that can be interested in donating organs for themselves or their loved ones then it's a win win win," said John.
Daria has wondered why my son, but instead uses that energy to inspire others. The Miller's have made it their life's work to educate others about organ donation. BJ's organs helped save five people, but they are planning to reach many more.
"He would not let the torch down. He would not let the torch run out," said Daria.
Watch for the "Stars of Life Float" during the Rose Parade, it's float number 69. You might even spot John, Daria and family along the parade route.