We are so proud to introduce you to our 2016 Donate Life Rose Parade Float honorees. Meet Kirby Cochran and Tracy Driscoll. Here are their remarkable stories.
Tracy Driscoll, Floragraph Honoree
Tracy Driscoll was a loving mother of three, a dedicated friend and an overall great person. She was a social butterfly and she always enjoyed being surrounded by people. Tracy was always an upbeat person, with a happy-go-lucky spirit that never wavered.
Throughout her 41 years of life, Tracy lived to help and care for others. Not surprisingly, she made a career as a server in restaurants and was attending school to become a nurse at the time of her death.
In January 2013, she died suddenly after a brain aneurysm and a heart attack. She had previously discussed her decision to become an organ and tissue donor with her children.
Honoring Tracy’s promise to save lives provided some comfort and hope for her family during this very difficult time. Even in death, Tracy continued to help others through her gift of life, saving three people with her organs.
Tracy’s family has formed a close bond with Kirby Cochran, who received his lifesaving liver transplant because of her gift. They say Kirby could not be a more perfect fit to receive her gift of life.
Kirby Cochran, Float Rider Honoree
At age 44, Kirby received the devastating news that he needed a liver transplant. He had been diagnosed with liver disease caused by lupus. At the time, Kirby was a hard-working detective for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, fighting crimes against women and children. He is a passionate community activist, a loving husband and a father of three.
Over the next six months, Kirby experienced several hospitalizations and complications stemming from his failing liver. By November 2012, Kirby was placed on the national transplant waiting list. He received his lifesaving transplant in January 2013.
Receiving the gift of life has led to many wonderful blessings for Kirby and his family. He’s had the opportunity to witness his two sons get married, watch his daughter begin high school and spend time with his grandson. Kirby is now pursuing his dream to become the next sheriff of Johnson County, Indiana.
During his recovery, Kirby had the honor of meeting his donor’s family. He got to thank them and learn all about the amazing person his donor, Tracy Driscoll, was. Over time, he has developed a close bond with Tracy’s family. They all attend birthday and holiday celebrations together.
As a rider on the Donate Life Float in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, Kirby will join Tracy’s family in honoring her legacy.
Tracy’s family and Kirby are gearing up to tour Tracy’s floragraph around the Hoosier state, raising awareness for organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation. And don’t forget to look for the Donate Life Rose Parade Float in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, broadcast live from Pasadena, California.
For more information on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, click here.
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