WACO (October 17, 2012)--An 11-year-old Waco boy who died of a brain aneurysm will be remembered on New Year’s day when his floragraph is displayed on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade.
He is the youngest of 72 people to be memorialized with a floragraph.
Ryan Lee Webster died at age 11 from an unexpected brain aneurysm during a trip to the skating rink.
"In March 13, 1998, Friday the 13th, Ryan went to the skating rink, I went to a haunted house and our parents went to eat at a local restaurant," Ryan's sister Brooke Webster-Newton said.
Their parents saw an ambulance pass by while they were eating, and later found out their son was in it.
When they arrived at the hospital, the doctors informed them that Ryan had suffered a brain aneurysm.
He was pronounced brain dead the next day.
His sister says that when Ryan passed away, he donated his organs and saved seven lives.
Recipients included a man who was later a groomsman in her wedding.
In August, the family held a garage sale to help raise money for the trip to Pasadena.
The $3,500 portrait floragraph will be decorated with organic grains, flowers, seeds and spices.
“For many of their families, this is a unique opportunity to see their loved one shine before millions of people worldwide and to gain special recognition for their gifts of life and hope,” Donate Life Float Committee Chairman Bryan Stewart said.