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Franklin Teen Honored in Rose Bowl Parade - Erika Kurre

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FRANKLIN, TN - A Franklin teen who died more than four years ago will be honored on a float in the Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.
Sunday afternoon, his parents hosted a reception in Leiper's Fork, celebrating the reason he was chosen among 80-other heroes this year.

Pastor Steve Berger and his wife Sarah are preparing a floragraph-- a picture of their son.

4 and a half years since Josiah Berger's death, an image of his high school graduation picture will appear on a float in the Rose Bowl Parade, honoring his choice to be an organ donor.

Dozens gathered at Grace Chapel Church, lighting candles and singing, celebrating Josiah's decision.

He died on his 19th birthday in a single car crash that happened August 11, 2009 and was registered as an organ donor.

His mother and father urge others to follow in his footsteps.

He and 80 other organ donors will appear on Donate Life float with a design including 5 lanterns, called "Light up the World."

Once Josiah's parents complete this floragraph, it'll be sent back to Pasadena where it'll be enlarged, and a variety of floral material will be glued onto it.

It's one of the ways their son continues to make them proud.

The Berger's hope to someday meet the people whose lives their son saved.
Meanwhile, the Rose Bowl float will also feature a dedication garden, presented by a boys' home in the Dominican Republic, named Josiah's House after Josiah Berger.