The family of Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez has been chosen to ride on the Donate Life float in the 2012 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
Rodriguez was a five-time Chicago Golden Glove champion. He died in November 2009 during a title fight. His organs were donated and helped save the lives of five others, including his uncle.
"If I was in their position, what would I want for myself, for my daughter, or even for Paco, if it was him, I would love for someone to give me that opportunity to give life, to continue life and that's why I decided it was important," said Sonya Rodriguez, wife.
A portrait of Rodriguez made entirely of organic floral material will be featured on the float.