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Cedars-Sinai Living Kidney Donor Featured in Rose Parade

Above: Gaena "Gina" Song Cho, who donated a kidney to her young daughter at Cedars-Sinai, was among those who rode on the ninth annual Donate Life Rose Parade float. Below: Song Cho, her daughter and transplant recipient Cherity, and older daughter Chloe place a flower in the float's dedication garden.

Mother Donated Kidney to Young Daughter

Gaena "Gina" Song Cho, who donated a kidney to her young daughter at Cedars-Sinai, was one of 28 donor family members, living donors and transplant recipients who took rode on Donate Life's Rose Parade float on Monday.

Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center performed hundreds of organ transplants last year. But the Song Cho family's remarkable journey stood out when it came time to select who would represent the center on the 2012 Donate Life Rose Parade float. Click here to read more about Gaena and Cherity Song Cho.

This year's theme for the float was "… One More Day," and the design was inspired by floral clocks and clock towers around the world. Its 28 riders represented deceased organ, eye and tissue donors, living donors and transplant recipients. Six floral clocks were adorned with 72 memorial "floragraph" portraits of deceased donors.

The front of the float featured a dedication garden honoring thousands of organ, eye and tissue donors and recipients nationwide, with roses in individual vials that carried personal messages of love, hope and remembrance. Song Cho is pictured above placing a rose in the dedication garden.