Monroe baby who donated heart will be honored at Rose Bowl Parade


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MONROE, La. (KNOE) – A six-month-old child from Monroe who handed away in 2015 will likely be honored on the upcoming Rose Bowl Parade.

John Clarke Perry’s legacy lives on by way of two completely different folks, together with a baby from Alabama who obtained his coronary heart. Now, Perry’s legacy will likely be honored on a float on the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.

“It’s modified so many lives and we’re all right here for a sure cause and we by no means understand how a lot time we have now and in six months the influence he had. It’s actually a narrative a few hero and to say it’s a tragedy is an insult to him and what he did,” stated Jonathan Perry.

John Clarke will likely be certainly one of 36 folks in the US that will likely be honored on the float. His mother and father, Jonathan and Holley Perry, are excited to expertise the parade and see their son honored in a really particular approach.

“That’s one factor that does get me emotional, you understand, listening to about it. When that float makes a flip for a quarter-mile, everyone is standing up there screaming and hollering,” stated Jonathan Perry.

Art work of John Clarke was made by his household utilizing dried flowers and seeds. It will likely be displayed on the float referred to as “Braveness to Hope.”

“I imply that’s precisely what these people that donate, they’re brave and the donation altogether has given us hope and peace,” stated Holley Perry.

Six years in the past, Jonathan and Holley went by way of one thing that no couple ought to must undergo. Their six-month-old, John Clarke, handed away from a mind aneurysm.

“He was only a nice child. I believe that’s one thing the Lord blessed us with, understanding he was going to be right here for six months, gave us an unbelievable son,” stated Jonathan Perry.

It was then his mother and father made the choice to bless another person’s life by donating John Clarke’s coronary heart and liver to individuals who wanted them. His coronary heart was given to Davis Boswell from Alabama, who is just one month youthful than John Clarke.

“I’m positive he’s wanting down actual happy with all the things that’s come from his legacy and simply to know that his coronary heart continues to be beating in Davis’s chest, which that coronary heart bought a check-up yesterday and was completely good, I’m positive he’s proud,” stated Holley Perry.

Jonathan stated the parade will likely be a stupendous tribute to their son, different organ donors, and recipients.

“You recognize, it truly is the float of the Rose Parade as a result of everyone sees the impact of organ donation and the heroes and so everyone will get up and honors them as a result of they know there’s a household like us that’s misplaced a baby or a sibling and it’s actually honoring to John Clarke, however to us as nicely,” stated Jonathan Perry.

It additionally simply so occurs John Clarke’s mother and father are huge soccer followers. They stated John Clarke had a ardour for soccer too, whilst a new child, so that they know he’ll be wanting down on the parade.

“I imply from the get-go he would sit there and he would love to look at soccer and irrespective of how we tried to get footage of him, he was simply mendacity there wanting on the Saints recreation or ULM, whoever was on TV,” stated Perry.

You possibly can see the “Braveness to Hope” float makes its approach by way of the parade on January 1, 2022, at 10 a.m. on our sister station, KAQY.

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