Late Chicago boxer to be honored at Rose Parade

November 29, 2011 4:20:33 PM PST
A Chicago boxing legend's heroic gift will be recognized on a national stage.

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.

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