"Everything I've done since the transplant and all that's to come are because of the tissue donor family," said Chen. "The allograft gave me a second chance to fulfill an unrealized destiny."
An additional AlloSource representative will also be honored by the Stars of Life float: Medical Advisory Board Member Richard Kagan, M.D. Dr. Kagan was selected to be one of 14 "Walk of Fame" stars within the float, which honor those who've made a lasting impact on organ and tissue donation. He was selected for his progressive research and dedication to the promotion of tissue donation.
Dr. Kagan is the Chief of Staff at Cincinnati's Shriners Hospital and Director of Adult Burn Care at University Hospital. Dr. Kagan is responsible for giving thousands of patients the chance to live despite life-threatening burns, often using allograft skin (a gift from deceased human donors) to do so.
"May Chen is a testament to the power of the gift of life; we are honored to have her represent AlloSource in this grand tradition honoring organ and tissue donation," said Thomas Cycyota, AlloSource President and CEO. "Additionally, we are delighted that Dr. Kagan will be recognized; his decades of commitment to helping burn survivors and work as a prominent advocate of donation are incredibly admirable."
The 120th Rose Parade themed "Hats Off To Entertainment" will take place Thurs., Jan. 1, 2009, at 8 a.m. (PST).
AlloSource delivers powerful possibilities to the medical community, patients and donor families. AlloSource is a non-profit company that offers more than 200 precise bone, skin, soft-tissue and custom-machined allografts for use in a host of life-saving and life-enhancing medical procedures. As the world's lead
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