Local Shriners Patient in Tournament of Roses Parade
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The New Year also means it’s time for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and this year there will be a Western Mass. connection on one of the floats.
23 year-old Carrie Holmstrom had surgery to remove both her feet after a car accident about six years ago and she received artificial legs at the Shriners Hospital here in Springfield.
Carrie not only walks now, she just ran her first road race and is proud to have been chosen by the Shriners to ride on the float.
“Six years ago, there I was waking up from an induced coma not knowing what my future would hold. And now here I am out in Los Angeles, representing the hospital that saves my life on a float in the Rose Bowl Parade. I am very honored and humbled to be here,” explains Carrie.
You can catch Carrie and the rest of the parade right on our sister station at ABC40, tomorrow starting at 11:00 a.m.
And Carrie won’t be the only Western Mass. Connection in the parade; this year’s theme will be “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” … a book by Springfield native, Doctor Seuss.