The annual WestFest was a success as hundreds gathered to see the parade.
People gathered in downtown West to see the dozens of floats from local departments.
The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office debuted their state-of-the-art bomb squad unit.
The West Fire Department also showed off two new fire trucks.
The parade also consisted of several local cheerleaders and a band.
Also at the parade was a group of people who were celebrating a second chance of life – all thanks to a young boy.
Braden Sing, 9, recently received a new liver.
Sing’s dream was to stand on a float during Westfest and tell everyone he got a new liver.
With the help of others, he did just that.
Along with other organ recipients, Sing and his new friends went down the parade on a float that said "Be a hero. Donate life."
“Be donors. I have a friend named Suzu…She’s been waiting four months for a double-lung transplant. So if she could get a double-lung transplant, that would be just great,” said Sing.
“People got to see what the float was about,” said Darren Sinkule, a heart recipient. “That being bringing awareness to being an organ donor.”
Sing and Sinkule hope to bring the float back again next year.
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