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Family Gathers to Celebrate Life

Seeing warm eyes and wispy hair above his brow, the Walker Family couldn’t believe how much the floragraph resembled their son and brother.  “It looks like a 3-D picture of him,” Pat Walker said of her son’s image. 

On Dec. 16, the family marveled at the floral photograph of Kirk Walker that will adorn the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1.

Pat holds Kirk's Floragraph

“The volunteers did such a great job,” said Keith Walker, Kirk’s brother.  “It brings back memories.” 

The family members: Kirk’s mother, Pat; father, Roger; brother, Keith; and sister, Kelly, laughed and hugged as they put finishing touches on the picture. 

Made of all organic materials ranging from flower petals to coffee grounds, Kirk’s floragraph is one of 60 that will be featured on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.  Volunteers assembled most of the floragraph in Pasadena, Calif. before sending it to the Walkers to complete in Columbus. 

Keith, Pat, Kelly and Roger put finishing touches on the floragraph

Volunteers and Lifeline of Ohio staff members gathered as the Walker Family finished Kirk’s floragraph.  “It feels like there is a lot of love here for what Kirk’s life was all about,” said Keith.  “That’s very touching.”

The floragraph will be sent back to Pasadena, Calif. to take its spot on the Donate Life Float.  Pat and Roger Walker won’t be far behind, they plan to attend the Tournament of Roses Parade to watch the float go by and honor their son. “We are very excited about seeing this on the float,” said Pat of the floragraph.

You can see Kirk and other heroes of donation when the Donate Life Float makes its way through the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. EST. Check your local listings for details.

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