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Nevada Donor Network is committed to working closely with all funeral service providers in Nevada to help honor organ, eye and tissue donors’ decision to give the gift of life and healing. The responsibility of our Coroner & Funeral Home Liaison is to provide 24 hour support to all members of the funeral service providers and facilitate a close working relationship between our employees and the employees of our funeral service partners.
Organ Donor Honored in 2016 Rose Parade
Nevada Donor Network and Palm Mortuary are pleased to team up once again to honor an organ donor on the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year’s floragraph honoree, Lauren “Lola” Deschaine, was a vibrant young woman who dedicated herself to helping others.
Lauren was wise beyond her years and child-like in spirit. An honor roll student who was involved in everything, Lauren wanted to become a writer. She was part of the homecoming committee and worked on the Coronado High School newspaper. Lola also had another passion, to help raise money for the teaching garden at Coronado. There were so many people who took on this endeavor but it was very close to her heart.
Lauren was just starting to think about getting her driver’s license when tragedy struck. While getting ready to go on stage to sing in May 2014, she got a bad headache and was taken to the hospital. Within 30 hours, her family was told she would not survive. Two weeks prior, Lauren said “Mommy if anything happens to me, you know I want to donate my organs right?” Lauren's mother Catherine says even if she hadn't known Lauren wishes, she would have made the decision to donate her organs because Luaren was a giving person who lived to make a difference in people’s lives. Lauren donated both of her kidneys, saving the lives of two women.
Organ and Tissue Donor Honored in 2015 Rose Parade
For the fourth consecutive year, Nevada Donor Network teamed up with Palm Mortuary to bring a very special honor to the family of a donor hero. Jesse Hill was honored on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1. His image was turned into a stunning floragraph, a photograph made with flowers and other natural materials. The theme of the float was The Never Ending Story. Jesse Hill lived a full and rich life in his short 18 years. He was a joy to his family, full of laughter, the ideal big brother, had amazing friends and a beautiful girl whom he loved. Jesse was the “brainiac” of the family and at a young age, he knew he wanted to become an engineer. Jesse began working towards this goal and was a student at Embry-Riddle where he was studying rocket and satellite design. As a youth he worked with children and families and served his community through his church in many ways including: delivering food to needy families, volunteering at a local women’s shelter, crafting wooden toys for Toys for Smiles and assisting with the Independence Day Jubilee. One of his last acts of service was choosing to become an organ donor months before his death.
On New Year’s Day 2013, while taking a walk to a neighborhood park, Jesse and his girlfriend were struck on a sidewalk by a drugged driver. In the midst of his tragic death, Jesse went on to give others the opportunity to live a full life through his organ, cornea and tissue donations. His gifts have saved and changed the lives of more than 80 people. Organ donation is now a conversation many families have had because of Jesse’s legacy.