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11-year-old organ donor honored on float

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A young boy who died in 1998 will be honored this year on a float during the Rose Bowl Parade.

Ryan Webster was a people person. He loved Garth Brooks' songs, baseball and football.

At 11 years old he knew that he wanted to donate his organs after watching an Oprah show on the topic.

"He just said I want to do what that guy did because my brother was always willing to help," said Brooke Newton, his older sister.

At first their mother wasn't sure how to react.

"My mom said, 'Ryan, I'm 40 years older than you. What if something happens to me first?' He said, 'I'll do the same for you.' They both pinkie sweared and went about their day," Newton said.

Two weeks later Ryan died from a brain aneurysm.

"Now seven people are living because of Ryan's ultimate decision to help save others," his sister said.

Newton was only a teenager when her brother died in 1998, but she was inspired by him and later met with one recipient. She invited him to be a groomsman in her wedding.

"It's really neat to have that connection. He walked my mother down the isle in my brother's memory," she said.

She also formed her own organization called "For the Love of Ryan." Because of that, Ryan's picture will be recreated with roses on the Donate Life float at the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day.

"It won't be finished in Pasadena. They send it to us and have a local artist finish the picture of Ryan so my parents can see it put together and we send it back and it's put on the float," Newton said.

Ryan's is one of 72 organ donors being honored this year, including four from Texas. He was the youngest to make his own choice to be a donor.


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