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Local organ donor and recipient to be honored in parade

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Indianapolis, Ind. (December 28, 2014) – Two local families left Indianapolis airport Sunday morning for California to take part in the annual Rose Parade and the "Donate Life" float. The float honors both survivors and those who've given the gift of life.

Kelsey Mikel of Wakarusa, IN died in a car crash in 2004 when she was just 16 years old. She had signed-up to be an organ donor, and her parents honored her decision. One of her kidneys was donated to a young girl in Greenwood, IN. Kelsey’s picture will be on this year's float.

Two-time organ donation recipient Julia Rejer will also be honored during the parade. She'll ride on the float along with 29 other survivors from across the U.S.

“I thank my donors on a daily basis,” said Rejer. “I think of them so very often, because at their time of grief, they were gracious enough to be thinking of someone else in need,” she said.

Nearly 124,000 people are on the National Transplant Waiting List.

To learn more about being an organ or tissue donor, click here.