|[December 31, 2013]
Lancaster 13-year-old to be Honored for Tissue Donation in Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1
LANCASTER, Wis. --(Business Wire)--
Evan John Hauk of Lancaster, Wis., was taken from the world too soon
when he was preparing for a family fishing trip on July 6, 2011. He was
using worm prods to search for bait in the backyard when he fell on top
of a prod and suffered an electrical shock that stopped his heart. He
was only 13½ years old.
Thirteen-year-old Evan Hauk will be honored on the Donate Life Rose Parade float for his gift of tissue donation (Photo: Business Wire)
"Evan had a heart of gold," said his mother Jessica. "His smile would
light up a room. He always knew when you needed a hug or laugh. He had a
way of starting to laugh at the smallest thing, then he'd keep laughing
and start to make others laugh, and then he would laugh about laughing."
Evan had bright blue eyes that lit up when he smiled. He loved fishing,
hunting, football, snow skiing, water skiing, hiking in the mountains,
and being outside. He was a natural athlete and excelled at just about
any sport he tried. He could catch fish when no one else would. He was
always finding adventures with his sister since they were only 13 months
apart, and he taught his little brother how to play football, baseball,
and various other sports.
Jessica said that donating Evan's tissue was a very easy decision to
make. "When we knew Evan's heart wouldn't start again, the nurse asked
me if we had thought about donation. I answered yes immediately,"
Jessica said. "While it wasn't something we thought about often, I
always knew I wanted to be a donor. If anything were to happen to anyone
else in my family, I'd hope they'd donate as well. A classmate of mine
had passed away in a drowning accident when I was 13, and I remembered
his family donated his corneas. I always thought that was a very special
ay for him to continue on."
Jessica said she knew Evan would want to help others if he could. They
donated his corneas, heart valves, and the bones and connective tissue
from his legs. "They were good strong legs, built for football and
skiing," Jessica said. "His eyes were sharp as can be and he could see
fish in the water, a deer in the woods or pick out the football on the
field like none other. They called him Hawk in football."
Evan is being honored for his gift of tissue donation in a special
way through a memorial portrait called a floragraph, which will adorn
the 2014 Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 in
Pasadena, Calif. Evan's floragraph is decorated with grains, flowers,
seeds, spices and other organic materials, and is one of 81 that will
grace the Donate Life float. The Hauk family had the opportunity to
place the finishing touches on Evan's floragraph earlier in the month at
a special ceremony.
The ceremony was hosted by RTI Donor Services, the not-for-profit tissue
recovery agency that facilitated Evan's tissue donation and is
sponsoring Evan's floragraph on the float, as well as the trip to
Pasadena, Calif. for Evan's family to participate in the Donate Life
float festivities and sit in the grandstands as the float carrying
Evan's portrait travels by. RTI Donor Services, celebrating its 15th
year in Wisconsin, is a founding sponsor of the Donate Life Float and
one of more than 100 associations across the nation supporting the float
Evan's heart was made of gold, so if he could help another to live a
longer, healthy life, the Hauk family wanted to help make that possible.
"He lived a very full life in his short 13 years on Earth and did more
than many do their entire lives," Jessica said. "We hope whoever has
received the gifts from him will do the same."
"Donation is helping Evan to live on," Jessica said. "It keeps his
memory alive and we know that somewhere out there someone has a part of
him and is living a better life because of him."
"Knowing that there are two people out there who can see the world clear
again means a lot to us," Jessica said. "We hope one day they will see
some of the things Evan got to see with his amazing eyes - like the
mountains of Colorado with their beautiful waterfalls and views from the
top of the world. We hope that those who receive his heart valves or
tissues and bones from his legs use them to find adventure and live
life. We hope to one day hear from these individuals and maybe share
just how special of a kid Evan was and is."
Today, more than 120,000 children and adults await life-saving organ
transplants in the United States. Hundreds of thousands more are in need
of a tissue transplant to save or greatly enhance the quality of their
lives. Visit www.donatelife.net/register-now
to find out how to designate your donation wishes in your state.
More information on the Donate Life float is available on the float's
official website at www.donatelifefloat.org.
RTI Donor Services is a not-for-profit tissue recovery agency
dedicated to serving donor families and working in collaboration with
the donation community and healthcare facilities in perpetuating the
gift of tissue donation.
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