NJ doctor to be honored at Rose Bowl Parade for organ donation

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A New Jersey doctor will be honored at the Rose Bowl Parade this year for donating his organs and saving lives.

Dr. Randy Giles died in 2012 from a brain aneurysm. He was 43 years old.

Giles was a trauma surgeon and an organ donor. His donations saved dozens of lives.

“He was everything a father could want from a son and I miss him every day,” says Michael Giles, Randy’s father. “Randy’s gift saved five people and almost 80 people in terms of tissue and bone – tendons. Things like that.”

Randy Giles will be honored, along with other organ donors, on a floragraph on a float at the Rose Bowl Parade in California in January as part of the 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade float.

His family celebrated his life at a ceremony in Orange Thursday.

"[Randy] liked to make people laugh. He was very bright person and he didn't carry his trials and tribulations with him. Many people spoke tonight said that, that Randy was always happy. He tried to make other people happy,” says Michael Giles.

Loved ones say that saving lives was Randy Giles’ career and now his legacy.

“The fact that in the tragedy that befell him he was still able to continue on saving lives is just as important. He was a special person,” says New Jersey Sharing Network president and CEO Joe Roth. “I unfortunately never got to meet him, but so many people that I work with and that I’ve met knew him and he was truly special.

Through their partners, New Jersey Sharing Network will be sending three donor families-- and two transplant recipients to the parade.

The two recipients will get to ride in the float-- the three donor's will be honored with floragraphs like Randy's.

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