Family of organ donor chosen to attend New Year's parade
WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Four years ago, a Rosholt family gathered at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau. They got the news their 22-year-old son, Alan Zinda, had died.
In 2010, Alan got into a car crash driving to his home in Rosholt. He was rushed to the hospital but never made it home.
While the Zinda family grieved, others were given new hope. Alan Zinda was a donor. His organs saved the lives of three people across the globe.
Friday the family and some of the nurses gathered at Aspirus again. This time they celebrated the young man who will be honored at the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
"It brings back a lot of memories not the good ones but memories," said John Zinda, Alan's father.
Although there were many tears, the day wasn't about grieving.
The Zinda family was chosen by an organ donor services program to be featured in the New Year's Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. A handmade florograph of Alan will be featured on one of the parade floats.
"They'll have first row seating and they are be positioned in a place that they'll actually see their son's florograph go by," said Christine Monahan, a representative from the UW Organ and Tissue Donation Services Program.
The Zindas say they don't travel much. They say their son still encourages them to do things they wouldn't typically do.
"What Alan helped me and her to do to go down and see it for ourselves. He was a traveler and now he's letting mom and dad travel," said John Zinda.
Through those travels the Zindas hope to share their son's story with the world.
When the Zindas arrive in California, they'll have the opportunity to view the parade float upclose and meet with the families of other organ donors and recipients from across the country.