Family will make it to Rose Bowl Parade

The floragraph of Jennifer Spurgeon that will be the Indiana Donor Network's float in the Rose Bowl Parade.

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) A family stranded in Indianapolis will make it the Rose Bowl Parade in time to see their daughter honored.

Rhonda Berger and her daughter were supposed to leave for California Tuesday morning, but were told their flights had been canceled because of bad weather. The Indiana Donor Network started a social media campaign to find a way to get the family to California and Wednesday they got good news. The Nevada Donor Network heard about the family stranded in Indianapolis. An employee with the network has connections with Southwest Airlines and was able to get the two women on flights to California, according to the Indiana Donor Network. The family will leave from Indianapolis Thursday on separate flights, then meet in Pasadena in time to see the parade New Year’s Day.

We first told you about Berger’s trip to the Rose Bowl Parade just last month when she was thanking the people who made the trip possible at St. Joseph Hospital. Berger’s daughter, 19-year-old Jennifer Spurgeon, tragically died after a fire in 2009. Spurgeon’s two roommates also died.

Before her death Spurgeon decided to become an organ donor. Her gift of life has saved three other people.

Now, nearly seven years later Spurgeon’s gift of life will be honored in a big way. Her picture will be featured on the Indiana Donor Network’s Rose Bowl float in Pasadena, California New Year’s Day. She is one of 60 donors who will be honored.

Berger and her family are supposed to at the parade and events over the past couple of days representing Indiana. Since the original flight was canceled, they’ve already missed some events.

“Really was looking forward to going and seeing Jennifer’s picture upon that float as we honor her for the person that she was,” Berger said. “The disappointment of not being able to go because we’ve dreamed about going for the last several months.”



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