The Dignity Memorial® Network Honors Five Individuals Who Gave the Gift of Life Through Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Houston, TX - November 05, 2012

Ben Breedlove was a teenager from Austin, Texas who lived his life to the fullest and found great joy in helping others. He captured his messages of hope in YouTube videos that have been viewed by thousands of people around the world. On Christmas day 2011, at the young age of 18, Ben passed away from complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an abnormal thickening of the heart’s walls. His family’s decision to donate his organs was not a difficult one, as they knew Ben would have wanted to continue helping and inspiring others. Ben Breedlove is just one of five individuals being honored by the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers for giving the greatest gift of all…the gift of life. In addition to Ben Breedlove, Danny Bost of Winston Salem, North Carolina; Dale Alan Covington of Santa Fe Springs, California; Anthony Ray Alvarez, Jr., of Eastvale, California; and Alexis “Lexi” Scanlin of Las Vegas, will be memorialized with floragraphs—portraits made of floral and natural materials—to be decorated by family and friends in December and featured on the Donate Life float entry in the 124th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif.

“It is a privilege for us to be able to honor these five individuals who meant so much to their family and friends and who were able to significantly impact the lives of those with the greatest need,” said Phil Jacobs, spokesperson for the Dignity Memorial provider network. “Working in the funeral industry, we believe in the importance of memorializing loved ones and this is a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to Ben, Danny, Dale, Anthony, Lexi and Danny and the gift of life they gave to others.”

Along with Ben, the Dignity Memorial network is honoring four additional individuals. Danny Bost, 62, was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was known as a caring man who was full of love. Because of Danny’s big heart, his family made the decision to help others after his passing. Now, his compassion for others is keeping other lives moving forward.

 

Dale Alan Covington, 48, mastered the art of making everyone around him feel special. When he made a friend, it was for life. Dale had a giving spirit, and as Recreation Supervisor for the City of Santa Fe Springs, he always found peaceful resolutions to difficult situations. Dale’s choice to become an organ and tissue donor has helped his family heal from his passing.

 

Anthony Ray Alvarez, Jr., 16, left an indelible impression on everyone he came in contact with. He enjoyed being active, participating in band, baseball, basketball, football and dance. His friends and family describe Anthony as “an all-around good kid.” He had a positive attitude and lived his life to the fullest, making new friends and trying to help in any way he could.

 

Alexis “Lexi” Lucia Scanlin, 25, came into this world a beautiful blue-eyed girl who stole everyone’s heart. She grew into a spirited young woman with big goals, who was always helping others. She was always eager to share a smile and enjoy a new experience. At 16, Lexi made the decision to become an organ donor and convinced her sister, mother and grandmother to sign up as well.

 

Each of these five individuals has a life story that is unique, but they all share the same outcome: each was a donor of organs, tissue and/or corneas and made a profound difference in the lives of other people.

For more than 120 years, the Tournament of Roses Parade has been an American tradition. The Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is joining Donate Life’s national campaign to celebrate and honor the lifesaving gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation as part of Donate Life’s 2013 Rose Parade Float, Journeys of the Heart. The float will be featured in the 124th annual Tournament of Roses Parade on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in Pasadena, Calif.

Journeys of the Heart features a colorful pathway of looping hearts lined with 72 memorial floragraphs of deceased donors who gave life to those in need, including Ben Breedlove, Dale Covington, Anthony Alvarez, Jr., Alexis Scanlin and Danny Bost. Through their life-changing experiences, the families of organ and tissue donors, living donors and recipients of life-saving transplants know intimately the preciousness of time. The pathway of hearts will tower high above 30 riders who are comprised of living donors and donor family members from across the U.S. In addition, donors across the country are memorialized in a garden of dedicated roses, with each rose vial carrying a personal message of love, hope and remembrance.

The Donate Life float’s riders and floragraph honorees represent millions of people touched by organ, eye and tissue donation, including donor families, their deceased loved ones, living donors, transplant recipients and transplant candidates. Riders and floragraph honorees are individually sponsored by Official Partners, such as the Dignity Memorial network, who support the Donate Life Rose Parade float. For more information on the Donate Life Rose Parade float, please visit www.DonateLifeFloat.org.

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