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Local donor family to be recognized at 2020 Rose Parade in honor of 8-year-old boy

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Posted at 7:25 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 10:29:56-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.  — A local donor family will be recognized at the 2020 Rose Parade in honor of an eight-year-old who passed away from a brain tumor.

Each year, JJ's Legacy and Dignity Health honor the gift of life in the community through the Legacy of Humankindness Award.

In November, the family of Nathan Nickolas Street was recognized as a recipient of the award.

Nathan was seven years old when he was diagnosed with a tumor that started in the brain stem.

Despite all efforts, Nathan passed away from the disease at age eight following a 13-month battle.

His parents chose to donate his tumor tissue to research where a live cell line was established.

The cell line has been shared among doctors worldwide and is, currently, used in numerous research studies.

The family will be honored on the Donate Life Floragraph Float during the Rose Parade on January 1.

The theme of the 2020 Rose Parade is "The Power of Hope."