When the long floats trail through Pasadena as part of Tuesdays Rose Bowl Parade, one will contain the image of a late Sherwood resident in the form of a portrait made of flowers.
The image of Zack Kallem, who died on Sept. 16, 2011, at the age of 20, will be part of 72 floragraphs found on the Donate Life Northwest float. Each of the individuals portrayed in the floragraphs left a positive impact on their family, communities, and those they helped by being organ, eye and/or tissue donors. The floragraphs will line the heart-shaped path rising above 32 riders aboard the float, themed Journeys of the Heart, which dramatizes the ups and downs experienced by donor families, transplant recipients and living donors. The floral memorials are made of grains, flowers, seeds, spices and other organic materials.
Zacks mother, brother and sister all traveled to Pasadena in mid-December to create the floragraph of the person they say loved to solve puzzles from Legos and won first place in his pinewood derby contest. Family, sports and the outdoors, along with fishing and hunting, all played a central part in Zacks life and values, according to family members.
Zacks mother Nancy said he had shared with his family his decision to put a D on his drivers license. She was glad his desire to help others through the organ donation could be honored and he was able to keep on giving through the gift of giving of himself, as he always did.
Naturalist and chimpanzee authority Jane Goodall is grand marshal for the Jan. 1 event.