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'Buy a Rose' to Help Support, Decorate Nurses Float in Rose Bowl Parade

Bare Root, the nonprofit organization consisting of five California-based nurses who independently spearheaded the effort to build a float to honor 2013 Tournament of Roses president, Sally Bixby, RN, and nursing professionals worldwide, announced an opportunity for others to individually honor nurses by donating roses on their behalf via the foundation's website at www.flowers4thefloat.org.

"When we decided to build a float to honor Sally, we realized that we also wanted to honor nurses everywhere.  Nurses are really the unsung heroes of healthcare and healing," said Monica Weisbrich, RN, president of Bare Root.

"So many people have approached us asking how they can honor a special nurse in their life.  We thought this would be a wonderful way to allow them to express gratitude and to share their story if they would like to."

Visitors of the Flowers for the Float website have the ability to access the online store and select a quantity of roses to purchase for $25 each.  

During the donation process online, users have the ability to indicate the name of the nurse they are honoring and also provide a story if they would like. These stories are being shared on the web site's "Celebrate a Nurse" page. The roses purchased will be labeled with the names provided and placed on the float during live decoration.

The theme of the float, "A Healing Place," serves as a metaphor for the healing environments nurses create through the use of their qualities and skills.  "A Healing Place" is created anywhere there is a nurse and a patient - from the hospital to the battlefield; from a school to a home; from a clinic to a specialty care center. The words that surround and support the float explain those qualities.

"There are so many people in the world who have been touched in their lives by a special nurse," said Weisbrich. "This is just one way we can bring all of those good messages and thoughts together in a single place."

Read more about the Nurses Float in the ADVANCE article "Nurses on Parade."

In 2007, five registered nurses in California formed a nonprofit organization, "Bare Root," to raise money and build a float to honor 2013 Tournament of Roses president Sally Bixby, RN, and nursing professionals worldwide for their tireless efforts.

2013 will be the first time that a nurse will be president of the Tournament of Roses, and only the second time that a woman was named to the top role.   

To date, Bare Root has raised more than $300,000. One hundred percent of funds raised supported the development of the Nurses' Float, with continued fundraising efforts being used for scholarships and grants to qualifying organizations.

For more information about the Nurses' float, visit www.flowers4thefloat.org, or the Nurses' Float Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NursesFloat.


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