Man who died in skateboarding accident to be remembered in Rose Parade float
Kameron Steinhoff was known as a loyal friend, a gifted athlete and a loving son.
Come New Year's Day, he will also be known across the nation for his final act of generosity.
"I’d be like, ‘Kameron, don’t be picking up people in the middle of the night.’ He’d say, ‘That’s OK, mom. They need a ride.’ And he was there,” said Kathleen Steinhoff, Kameron Steinhoff's mother.
Now 2 1/2 years after dying in a skateboarding accident, he's being remembered for something else.
“Doing this float actually gives us a chance to show who Kameron really is. His heart, his generosity,” said his father, Shawn Steinhoff.
Saturday morning at Punahou School, Kameron Steinhoff’s alma mater, his family put the final touches on his floragraph, a portrait made completely with organic materials that will be part of a Rose Parade float honoring 81 organ donors from across the country.
“The float actually every year wins an award, so there’s a lot of media coverage about that float and every time we can tell people that donations matter, that it helps people, that lives are saved, it really does make a difference,” said Felicia Wells-Williams, director of family services for Legacy of Life Hawaii.
Kameron Steinhoff signed up to be an organ donor just two weeks prior to his death.
As a donor, he saved the lives of three people.
“Because he chose to do that, I’m glad he did because it made me feel better to donate it, because you know, I had a hard time,” said his mother.
The Steinhoff family hopes to someday meet the three recipients of Kameron Steinhoff's donation.
For now, they plan to continue to support legislation to make skateboard helmets mandatory and also help other families see organ donation as a silver lining in an otherwise tragic loss.
The Steinhoffs plan to be in southern California for the parade.
The 125th Tournament of Roses parade airs on KITV on New Year's Day.
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