MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer whose deceased teenage daughter was a tissue donor will get the chance to honor her daughter’s life and contribution at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

Officer Catherine Casey will be one of 30 people to ride the Donate Life float to celebrate tissue donors worldwide. Casey’s trip is sponsored by RTI Donor Services, one of more than 60 organ and tissue recovery organizations around the country supporting the float.

Casey’s daughter, Deanna Casey, was killed at age 16 in a car accident caused by an impaired driver. The Casey family decided to donate her tissue upon learning it was an option.

The Rose Parade is on New Year’s Day.

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