Rose Bowl Parade float to honor teen killed in 2009 crash - WKRN News 2

Rose Bowl Parade float to honor teen killed in 2009 crash

Posted: Updated: Dec 30, 2013 05:03 PM
Sarah and Steve Berger, Josiah's parents Sarah and Steve Berger, Josiah's parents

The son of a Franklin pastor who was killed in a car crash will be recognized during the Rose Bowl Parade on January 1.

Josiah Berger died on his 19th birthday.  His mother, Sarah, knew he had signed up to be an organ donor but had forgotten until after his car wreck.

Berger crashed his car in August of 2009, one day before he was supposed to go away to college.  Three days later, on what would have been his 19th birthday, he died.

His choice to be an organ donor saved the lives of five people and greatly improved the lives of 77 others.

Sarah and her husband, Pastor Steve Berger of Grace Chapel in Williamson County, told Nashville's News 2 they are proud of their son's decision.

"He lives on in more than one way. He lives in heaven and he lives on earth," Steve Berger told News 2.

Because of his decision to be an organ donor, Josiah's picture will grace Donate Life's float in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California on Wednesday.

The float, called Light up the World, will feature photos of approximately 80 individuals and is designed to promote organ donation.
It is supposed to be the 15th float in line to roll by.

"Seeing it will be bittersweet," Sarah Berger told News 2.  "We will cry the whole time."

The Berger family is already in Pasadena this week, meeting other donor's families and recipients whose lives have been changed because of them.

Following Josiah's death, Grace Chapel created a ministry in honor of Josiah.

Josiah's House Ministry provides hope for homeless and destitute boys living in the Dominican Republic.  Read more on the ministry's Facebook page.

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