February 16 • 10:53 PM
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Tournament Of Roses Float Has Local Connection

12/30/2011 - The mother of a young organ donor, a local woman, who along with her husband was able to provide something positive and life-affirming out of their son's tragic death, and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital both will be honored by the Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT) during the annual Tournament of Roses parade on Monday, Jan. 2 in Pasadena, Calif.

Mary Ellen Decker of Windsor, is among 28 people chosen by the Center for Donation and Transplant to ride on their "...One More Day" float. She will ride on the float in memory of her son, Seth Decker, who died at UHS Wilson Medical Center in 2005 and whose donated organs brought life and hope to six other people. Mrs. Decker and her husband were devastated by their son's death, but their decision to donate his organs and the support they have received from the UHS staff and Center for Donation and Transplant have been comforting, and "participating in CDT events has been healing."

According to the CDT, the 28 riders aboard " ...One More Day" represent millions of people touched by organ and tissue donation, including donor families, living donors, transplant recipients and transplant candidates.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton, will have a rose with a hand tied ribbon displaying their name in the Memorial Rose Garden on the float as well. The rose is symbolic of all of the organ and tissue donors who have given or enhanced the lives of countless individuals. The hospital is receiving this honor in recognition of its continued participation in the Center for Donation and Transplant's "Flags Across America" program.

All UHS hospitals, which include UHS Wilson Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, partner with area donation service organizations to fulfill the wishes of patients and their loved ones.

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 40 locations around New York's Southern Tier. In addition to its four hospitals, the organization includes UHS Senior Living at Ideal and UHS Home Care, and is affiliated with the UHS Medical Group.

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