BRILLION - Nine-year-old Erica Barlament learned an important lesson from her father, Eric.
"I feel that it's really important to help as many people as you can," said Barlament.
Erica was born Sept. 5, the same day as her dad, but she never had the chance to meet him. He died five months before she was born. A driver lost control of his car on a snow-covered highway, hitting the vehicle carrying Eric and his pregnant wife, Kari.
"He wanted to give to others and he figured if he wasn't on this earth anymore that he didn't need his human body that he might as well help someone else out," said Kari Barlament.
Kari carried out her husband's wish of being a tissue donor, and now has involved her daughter in spreading the donor message.
"Being nine now and being able to understand what has happened," said Kari Barlament. "I think that it's helping her heal with it and conveying a positive message to something so tragic."
"It feels really good," said Erica Barlament. "Even though it's kind of different growing up with only one parent, but in the same way it's still kind of the same because you know there's a lot of other families that are just there to still help you."
"Eric was able to help about 52 people with his veins, heart valves, tissues, bones, things like that," said Kari Barlament.
Less than a year after her husband's death, Kari was invited to celebrate Eric's life by riding on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade in Southern California. Nine years later, Kari and Erica went back to California, to make a floragraph portrait of Eric. It was featured in this year's parade.
"It took an entire day, but it was really fun," said Erica Barlament.
On Tuesday, the floragraph was presented to the Barlaments in appreciation of their work for tissue donation.
"It's great to have it home," said Kari Barlament. "It's kind of like he's back home now, the picture and it's framed. We're going to hang it on the wall right away."
Erica Barlament gives speeches about her dad's message of organ and tissue donation. It helped her become Miss Wisconsin Junior Pre-Teen.
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