SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ –  On New Year's Day, a familiar face from Scotch Plains will walk alongside the 13th annual Donate Life Float in Pasadena, CA, in the 2016 Rose Parade.

Donna Albanese-Demair, owner of the Plainfield Dairy Queen, will be among the 12 individuals walking in the Rose Bowl who have donated a kidney to a family member or a stranger.

In 2002, as a mother of three children, Donna made a life-changing decision and underwent transplant surgery to donate a kidney to her mother, saving her life.

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“At the age of 43, I had an opportunity to reevaluate what is truly important in life.  The little stuff does not matter,” she said. “Life is precious, we must find the good in all things and when we reach out to help others we end up helping ourselves the most.”

Partnering with NJ Sharing Network, Donna continues to advocate the importance of organ donation all the while bringing a smile to faces of Dairy Queen customers right in Plainfield. She recently hosted a celebration with NJ Sharing Network right inside Dairy Queen, providing information to local residents.

All Donate Life float sponsors encourage parade viewers to join the nation’s more than 117 million registered donors so that everyone whose life depends on a transplant may receive one. Registrations can be made through state registries, links to which can be found at www.DonateLifeAmerica.org.

Further information about the Donate Life float, decorating, and facts about donation and transplantation can be found at www.donatelifefloat.org.

Since 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has served as a memorial to organ and tissue donors and a platform for donor families, living donors and transplant recipients to inspire the world to save and heal those in need through the gift of life.