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Edmond boy to be honored at Rose Bowl Parade after donating organs

Aidan Hooper died four years ago during a parade. His organs saved the lives of two young girls. Now, he will be honored in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl Parade. (Courtesy the Hooper family)

Many of you might be preparing to head to Pasadena to cheer on OU in the Rose Bowl, but one Edmond family will honor their late son in the Golden State. Little Aidan Hooper was killed in a parade four years ago.

Aidan's face will be in Pasadena for thousands to see. His family has a few errands to run before they leave Friday, but they're prepared to share his story and the lives he saved.

“Nobody should ever lose a child. Just shouldn't go that way,” said Aidan’s mother, Susannah Hooper.

It was four years ago, 8-year-old Aidan Hooper died in the Edmond Libertyfest Parade. It was the last one his family attended.

“When the Fourth of July was coming up he had the opportunity to be on a parade float with his taekwondo school and he was absolutely thrilled to get to join in on the fun,” Hooper said.

But that would be the last time Susannah would see his smiling face. Sadly, Aidan fell off the float and didn't survive the accident.

“It never occurred to me that it could happen. So it's overwhelming to lose a child,” Hooper said.

So during that time of pain, the Hooper’s had to make a choice.

“I looked at my husband and I said, something good has to come from this,” Aidan’s mother said. “Let’s see if he's a candidate for organ donation.”

And once they found out he was a candidate, Aidan changed the lives of two children.

“Aidan was able to donate his two heart valves and they went to two little girls,” Hooper said. “One was a six-month-old little girl and one was an 18-month-old little girl.”

Although the Hooper’s weren't able to change the outcome of their story, they were able to change others. Which is why Life Share, who facilitated Aidan's donation, is offering another form of support by featuring Aidan's picture on a Rose Bowl Parade float.

“It's bigger than us, it’s bigger than Aidan. And Aidan's life continues to impact others,” Hooper said.

Which is the message they want to get to the public, that an 8-year-old boy's life that ended too soon, continues to affect others.

As we all know, the Sooners are playing in Pasadena, but the Hoopers are OSU and Texas Longhorns fans. So despite their differences, they're still grateful to share Aidan's message.

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