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(WMC-TV) – Of the many people in Pasadena, California watching the Rose Parade, one of them is Yolanda Walton. She made the trip from Memphis to see the Donate Life Float which includes a picture of her late daughter, 17-year-old Lexie Davis.

Her daughter saved five lives as an organ donor when she died in Aug. of 2011.

"Words can't even describe," said Walton. "This is like a true honor - such an honor. She's my hero. She didn't go to the war or anything, but she is the ultimate hero."

Lexie's mother sat in the risers along with families of other donors featured on the donate life float.

Every year The Mid-South Transplant Foundation sponsors a picture of a local donor on the national float. For families of donors it is a special moment where they can truly see the big picture of their loved ones generosity.

Davis was a student at East High School. She had epilepsy, and died after falling during a seizure while in the bath.

But her memory lives on, and her mother was moved by the parade.

"We saw a glimpse of it yesterday and it was so touching and emotional," the mother said. "I think there wasn't a dry eye in the house."

Not only is the hope that the Donate Life float brings comfort to families of the donors who see their loved ones pictures on the float and see recipients and their families ride along, but the goal is to also encourage others to donate.

"We hope that the float inspires people to talk about donation and to sign up on the registry and they can visit the website at midsouthtransplant.org because it's all about saving lives," said Randa Lipman, with the Mid-South Transplant Foundation.

Lexie Davis is honored with 71 other donors. Friends and family have a special section to watch the parade.

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