Four years after her sudden death....a local nine year old continues her legacy of giving.
We first told you about Jessie Starnes in 2009.
She's become a poster child for Organ Donation...saving seven lives.
Now she and her family are getting some national attention...in this year's Rose Bowl Parade.
Robert Starnes, Jessie's Dad, "I'm just honored to have been her father."
Jessie's father and mother returned to her class at Wallace A Smith Elementary for a special ceremony.
Lisa Rousseau, Mom, "It's overwhelming. It's touching. It's putting such a ... something concrete to it. And then to know that we're going to see it on the float."
This floral memorial of the 9 year old organ donor is heading to Pasadena to the Rose Bowl Parade.
It will be a part of the 2013 Donate Life America Float.
Jessie's family's going along for the trip.
Starnes, "It's bittersweet to be at the parade."
Jessie died from a brain aneurysm on March 8th of 2008.
Her parents decided to donate her organs...saving 7 lives.
Starnes, "I'd love to actually meet the girl who got Jessie's heart. I 'd love to actually put a stethoscope (tearing up) and hear her heart beating."
Her gift of life continued Jessie's giving spirit.
And her generosity with school supplies for class mates in need led to the formation of Jessie's Desk after she passed away.
The non profit group collects supplies for students and teachers throughout the year.
Rousseau, "It's amazing what an impact in 9 years that child had, so if you're here 50, 60, 70 100 years make something count."
Now Jessie's been chosen to be one of 72 donors featured in the Rose Bowl Parade...sending a message that could save more lives.
Starnes, "She inspires me in so many ways. Because by her giving, there's no reason for us not to give."
Jessie's family leaves for Pasadena December 28th.
They'll work on the Donate Life float and watch the parade from the stands.Click here
to learn more about being an organ donor.