Newport Orthopedic Surgeon Honored as Tissue Recipient on Rose Parade Float
RTI Donor Services has the honor of sponsoring a tissue recipient and donor father, Bruce Taylor, of Newport to participate as a rider on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Taylor is an orthopedic surgeon whose life was restored after receiving a tissue transplant – years after his son was a tissue donor following his son’s untimely death. RTI Donor Services is sponsoring the Taylor family’s trip to Pasadena to participate in the Rose Parade festivities, culminating in watching Bruce riding on the float down Colorado Avenue.
About the Donate Life Float
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary on the Rose Parade, the 2018 Donate Life float, “The Gift of Time”, reflects this year’s parade theme of Making a Difference by celebrating the power of kindness and the generous acts of deceased and living donors, who have given the ultimate gift of life to others through organ, eye and tissue donation.
The 129th Rose Parade will take place on Jan. 1 at 8 a.m. (PST). For more information on the Donate Life float, visit the official website at www.DonateLifeFloat.org.
Bruce Taylor’s Story
Orthopedic surgeon Bruce Taylor has truly experienced tissue donation full circle. Bruce is a donor father, a grateful tissue recipient and an orthopedic surgeon who helps to transform the lives of recipients using allograft tissue.
In 1994, Bruce and his wife lost their son and he was able to become a tissue donor. It is still hard for them to talk about the pain of that loss but it meant a lot to Bruce and his wife to have the opportunity to authorize their son’s donation and help others after his death.
Bruce has been an orthopedic surgeon for almost 30 years and performs reconstructive surgeries using donor tissue.
In 2015, Bruce received donated tissue during a surgery to reconstruct a torn ligament in his knee. Prior to the surgery, Bruce’s knee was increasingly unstable, to the point that he was having difficulty continuing to work and stay active.
After the surgery, Bruce was able to prolong his career as an orthopedic surgeon and continue other things that are equally important, such as spending time with his family and traveling.
According to Bruce, “In today’s world, there is too much attention paid to what divides us. Sometimes an unselfish gift to a complete stranger can help reignite that which unites us, which is our humanity. Organ and tissue donation is that most profound of gifts – it costs nothing to give it, although it costs everything to be in a position to be able to give it. I have experienced tissue donation from every aspect, and I want to help get the word out.
Today, more than 115,000 children and adults await life-saving organ transplants in the United States. Hundreds of thousands more are in need of a tissue transplant to save or greatly enhance the quality of their lives. Visit www.DonateLifeFlorida.org to designate your organ, tissue and eye donation wishes in Florida.