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Iowa donor to be featured in Tournament of Roses Parade

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NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL)-- The image of an Iowa Organ Donor will be seen New Year's Day at the Tournament of Roses Parade in California.

16-year-old Erika Schwager's face will be one of the faces on the donate life float during the parade.  The theme of the float is new life rises.

Saturday, Schwager's family helped make Erika's florograph which will be on the float.

Schwager was killed in West Des Moines three years ago after a firetruck collided with her car.

"Her organ donation, her choice to give them and how that helps other families has really helped our family heal from the wounds of that. So I really like the phoenix rising out of the ashes," said Erika's father, Scott Schwager

The float will includes 40 florographs, but Schwager is the only Iowa donor.

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