June 18, 2014
For Immediate Release
The American Association of Tissue Banks to honor 

 Andy Hendel and Adam Teller through participation in the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade® Float


     For the past seven years, AATB members and AATB accredited tissue banks have been invited to submit nominations of tissue recipients to ride and deceased tissue donors to be honored by a floragraph, a portrait created with floral materials, on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade. 

     The AATB is pleased to announce this year's AATB Donate Life Rose Parade Float honorees: float rider Adam Teller and floragraph honoree Andy Hendel.


Andy Hendel (Cologne, MN) 

Andy Hendel was born in 1995 in Vietnam and was adopted, along with his twin brother, into the  Hendel family in 1996.  "Andyman" grew up in rural Minnesota.  He was active in sports and had a passion for community service.  However, Andy suffered the cruelties of bullying.  He took his own life at the age of 16.  Andy donated cardiovascular and musculoskeletal tissue and, to date, Andy's gift has helped 63 recipients across 25 states, with ages ranging from 15 to 82 years old. Andy was nominated by American Donor Services of Hastings, MN.



Adam Teller (Los Angeles, CA)

Adam Teller had his 3-year-old son on his shoulders when they both fell. While his son was fine, Adam fractured a vertebrae and lost the use of his left arm.  Adam had surgery to replace discs and received donor bone tissue.  As a result, he now enjoys full function in his arm again.  Adam is a Donation Development Clinical Specialist for OneLegacy and is a tireless advocate and spokesperson for tissue donation. Adam was nominated by OneLegacy in Los Angeles, CA.

     The AATB has sponsored the Donate Life Rose Parade Float since 2005. The theme of the 2015 Rose Parade, "Inspiring Stories,"  provides the perfect setting for the float's powerful message of saving and enhancing lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.
     The AATB Communications (formerly PPR) Committee is responsible for implementing and administering the process of selecting AATB-sponsored Donate Life Rose Parade Float participants.


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Committee Chair Erin Morton 
or AATB staff liaison Sarah Gray.
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The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) -- a professional, non-profit, scientific and educational organization -- is the only national tissue banking organization in the United States. Founded in 1976, the AATB is dedicated to improving and saving lives by promoting and advancing the safety, quality and availability of donated human tissue. To fulfill that mission, 
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