KINGSPORT — During the 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Dobyns-Bennett Holiday Concert at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center Eastman Auditorium, friends, family and students will gather to put the finishing touches on a floral memorial for Adam Fletcher Lively.
The event features the Orchestra, Band and Chorus, The final destination for the floral portrait is the 2014 Donate Life America Float at the Rose Parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., where the D-B marching band will perform.
Kingsport native and 1994 D-B graduate Lively was part of the choral department's show choir and went on to study philosophy at East Tennessee State University. However, on the rainy evening of Jan. 16, 1998, Lively and his friends were returning to ETSU when the driver swerved to avoid hitting an animal and lost control of the car. The vehicle rolled, causing Adam to sustain a severe head injury.
He died Jan. 20, but six weeks before the accident had told his mother, Barbara, he wanted to be an organ donor. “The Adam we know was gone,” said his father, Dave. His mother, Barbara, said: “It was a decision that we have never regretted.”
His gift saved the lives of five people and improved the quality of life for more than 50 more, according to a news release from Tennesee Donor Services. Every year, the Donate Life America Rose Parade Committee selects honorees for its parade float, like Adam and the Lively family, who have made a positive impact on their communities and those they helped through organ and tissue donation. The theme for this year’s float is Light Up The World. Tennessee Donor Services is an official sponsor the float and is sending Lively’s parents to Pasadena to be a part of the festivities and celebrate his life and gift.